Rotala ramosior (L.) Koehne - Tooth-cup

Rotala ramosior plant

Family - Lythraceae

Stems:

Rotala ramosior stem

Leaves:

Rotala ramosior leaves

Inflorescence:

N/A

Flowers:

Rotala ramosior flower

Rotala ramosior hypanthium

Flowering - May - November.

Habitat - Marshes, ditches, lake margins.

Origin - Native to North American.

Other information - This species can be found throughout most of Alabama. The plant can be identified by its habitat, fleshy stems, opposite leaves, and tiny flowers.
The genus name Rotala derives from the Latin "rota(li)" meaning "a wheel" referring to the whorled leaves of the original species.
The species epithet ramosior derives from the Latin "ram(o)" and "os" meaning "full of." Combined the roots mean "very branched" referring to the growth habit of the plant.

Alabama Distribution:

Rotala ramosior map

Photographs taken in the Ozark Scenic Riverways, Shannon County, MO., 7-28-04, and off Lee Rd. 27, Auburn, AL., 9-15-05.


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