Cuphea carthagenesis (Jacq.) J.F. Macbr. - Colombian Waxweed

Cuphea carthagenesis plant

Family - Lythraceae


Cuphea carthagenesis stem


Cuphea carthagenesis leaves




Cuphea carthagenesis flower

Cuphea carthagenesis calyxCalyx.

Cuphea carthagenesis fruitFruit.

Flowering - June - September.

Habitat - Marshes, ditches, wet hammocks, floodplain forests, low meadows.

Origin - Native to South America.

Other information - This weedy but attractive little species can be found mainly in the southern portion of Alabama. The plant can be identified by its erect, glandular-hirtellous stems, opposite leaves, and small pink flowers. The flowers have 5 thin petals.
The genus name Cuphea derives from the Greek "cyph(o)" meaning "bent, gibbous" referring to the calyx.

Alabama Distribution:

Cuphea carthagenesis map

Photographs taken at Eufala National Wildlife Refuge, AL., 7-23-05.

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