Ammannia coccinea Rothb.


Ammannia coccinea plant

Family - Lythraceae

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Ammannia coccinea leaves

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Ammannia coccinea inflorescence

Ammannia coccinea infructescenceInfructescence.

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Ammannia coccinea flower

Ammannia coccinea hypanthium

Flowering - June - October.

Habitat - Pond margins, slow streams, ditches, railroad swales.

Origin - Native to U.S. and tropical America.

Other info. - This attractive little species can be found throughout most of Missouri. The plant can be identified by its habitat, thin, opposite leaves, and small, pink flowers. The flowers of this species are sessile or on pedicels to 3mm. The capsule are about 5mm in diameter at maturity.
Another species, A. auriculata Willd., has flowers on longer pedicels and fruits to 3mm in diameter. This latter species is much less common in Missouri.

Photographs taken near Angel Mounds, Evansville, IN., 8-5-06.