Ludwigia peruviana (L.) H.Hara, J. Jap. Bot. 28: 293 1953. (syn: Jussiaea grandiflora Ruiz & Pav.; Jussiaea hirsuta Vell.; Jussiaea hirta (L.) Vahl; Jussiaea macrocarpa Kunth; Jussiaea peruviana L.; Jussiaea peruviana f. hirsuta Hassl.; Jussiaea peruviana var. macrocarpa (Kunth) Bertoni; Jussiaea peruviana f. tomentosa Hassl.; Jussiaea speciosa Ridl.; Jussiaea sprengeri Hort. ex L.H.Bailey; Ludwigia hirta (L.) Gomez de la Maza; Oenothera hirta L.);       
Costa Rica, Belize, Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Peru, Bolivia (Beni,
Cochabamba, La Paz, Santa Cruz, Tarija), N-Brazil (Para), NE-Brazil, WC-Brazil
(Mato Grosso), SE-Brazil (Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro), Argentina
(Buenos Aires, Catamarca, Chaco, Corrientes, Entre Rios, Jujuy, Misiones, Salta,
Santa Fe, Tucuman), S-Brazil (Parana, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina), Chile
(O’Higgins, Bio Bio), Paraguay (Alto Parana, Caaguazu, Caazapa, Central,
Cordillera), Uruguay (Canelones, Colonia, Paysandu), Ecuador, Nicaragua, Panama,
Colombia (Antioquia, Boyac, Caldas, Caquet, Cauca, Cesar, Choc, Cundinamarca,
Huila, La Guajira, Magdalena, Meta, Norte de Santander, Putumayo, Risaralda,
Santander, Valle), Venezuela (Anzoategui, Apure, Aragua, Bolivar, Carabobo,
Distrito Federal, Guarico, Lara, Merida, Miranda, Monagas, Sucre, Tachira,
Trujillo, Yaracuy, Zulia), Guatemala, Mexico (Chiapas, Michoacan, Oaxaca,
Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Veracruz), El Salvador, Honduras, Singapore (I), India
Java (I), Sri Lanka (I), Sumatra (I), peninsular Thailand (I), Society Isl.
(I) (Tahiti (I)), Mauritius (I), USA (I) (Alabama (I), Florida (I), Georgia (I),
Mississippi (I), North Carolina (I), Texas (I)), Australia (New South Wales (I))
as per Catalogue of Life;

India (S. India, S. Andaman and Assam), Indonesia (Java and Sumatra), Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, throughout America excluding southern USA (Arceo, 1979). Native of New World as per The Genus Ludwigia (Onagraceae) in India by I.C. Barua- Rheedea Vol. 20 (1) 59-70 2010;

Please help to id this soft shrub found in the river shore.


02-05-2010 / 09:00 AM

Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- 

Mudumalai WLS; 600 msl; TN

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- 


Plant Habit-



Up to 1metre

Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- 

6 x 3cm; hairy

Inflorescence Type/ Size- 

single flower

Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- 


Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- 

Other Information like Fragrance, Pollinator, Uses etc.- 

spongy roots observed found floating just beneath the water surface, where rock is the substrate

Could this be Ludwigia octovalvis (Jacq.) Raven of Onagraceae? Flowers 2 – 3cm across.

… the flower size seems to be on larger side for L. octovalvis … have seen them to be about 7 – 12 mm …. not sure about variable size.
Let us wait for comment(s).

Petals could be up to 17 mm long and up to 17 mm broad according to Flora of China.

Ludwigia octovalvis indeed commonly knon as ” Ban Lavanga” from Onagraceae profusely found in Pachmari region of M.P. A similar Plant is found in waste land of Bengal, It is has a smaller size flower rest looks very similar known as Jussiaea suffruticosa L. 

Thank you … for clarity on flower size … thus, it does seem to me L. octovalvis

This does not look like Ludwigia octovalvis [L.parviflora]. Will send photographs of L. octovalvis for comparison later if required.

It is Ludwigia peruviana (L.) H. Hara, (syn: Jussiaea peruviana L., Sp. Pl. 388. 1753. = Jussiaea speciosa Ridley, J. Bot. 59. 1921)

It is a weed, originally came from America

For me also this looks more like Ludwigia peruviana (L.) Hara of Onagraceae owing to the presence of Hirsute plant body.

…, could you please upload pictures of L. octovalvis for comparison purpose?

As requested.
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Many thanks … , does this have deciduous bracteoles? Nice Picture/

Not sure. Will check.

More images of Ludwigia peruviana



Request for ID : 231210 : AK-2: Attachments (1)

Taken at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka on the 17th of November, 2010.

Perhaps a Ludwigia sp. (may be Ludwigia canescence?) please ignore any mistakes in specific epithet.

This aquatic plant is Ludwigia peruviana (L.) Hara of Onagraceae.
Please refer the earlier post here.


efloraindia: 291111 BRS 220: Pl. find the attached file contain photos for id. request.
Location: Sholaiyur, Kerala
Date: December, 2006
Habitat: Wild
Habit: Shrub
Along the road side (Anaaikatti to Sholaiyur road)

Ludwigia peruviana (L.) H. Hara. Family : Onagraceae.
Peruvian primrose-willow. Native of South America and the Caribbean.
I have seen this in plenty in Florida, USA


For identification. : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Please help with an ID of the shrub species captured at Theerthalli, Shivamogga, Karnataka (july2016).

Whole plant full of shiny hairs.

Ludwigia peruviana.



Ludwigia octovalvis (Jacq.) P.H.Raven : Attachments (2). 1 post by 1 author.

Ludwigia octovalvis (Jacq.) P.H.Raven ; Fam: Onagraceae

09/10/2011, Irpu falls way side, Coorg, Karnataka
Shrub in a small stream, around 850m altitude 

Appears to be Ludwigia peruviana (L.) H.Hara as per images herein and as per keys at Ludwigia   


These two plants are snapped from Wayanad district, Kerala. Please help in identification.

Can IMG_0081.jpg be an Onagraceae member like Ludwigia species? 

IMG_0081.jpg — looks like Ludwigia, and most probably L. hyssopifolia 

Thanks, …
Here are links of Ludwigia hyssopifolia: (pictures)

Appears to be Ludwigia peruviana (L.) H.Hara as per images herein and as per keys at Ludwigia   

Perhaps DSCF8028.jpg is Crinum ¿ asiaticum ?

and IMG_0081.jpg could be Ludwigia peruviana just as Garg ji has suggested.

Yes, I was talking about 2nd image.

The Genus Ludwigia (Onagraceae) in India by I.C. Barua- Rheedea Vol. 20 (1) 59-70 2010

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