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Heteranthera limosa (Sw.) Willd.
Blue mudplantain

Heteranthera limosa
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Family: Pontederiaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Annual

Native Range: Scattered in the United States, Greater Antilles, Mexico, Central America and South America.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Assumed to be Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

Comments: Although now known in South Florida only from disturbed agricultural fields, in other parts of its range this species grows in mud on the margins of fresh-water ponds (see Adams, 1972); it seems to be an ephemeral annual in South Florida and the Greater Antilles. In the United States, it is most common along the Mississippi drainage. It could easily be an overlooked part of our flora or a recent introduction from other parts of its range.

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Heteranthera limosa has been found in the following 2 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Everglades National Park Assumed to be Present Assumed to be Native
Frog Pond/L-31 N Transition Lands Present Assumed to be Native

Heteranthera limosa has been found in the following 2 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Miami-Dade County Assumed to be Native
Palm Beach County Assumed to be Native

Heteranthera limosa has been found in the following 2 habitats :
Disturbed Upland
Disturbed Wetland

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Heteranthera limosa
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley
Heteranthera limosa
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley