OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (11/30/12):
Justicia americana   FAMILY Acanthaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Justicia americana   FAMILY Acanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 171-05-001:
Justicia americana   FAMILY Acanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Dianthera americana

 

COMMON NAME:
American Water-willow


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image of Justicia americana, American Water-willow

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_diam2_001_lvd

        

image of Justicia americana, American Water-willow

Tim Spira    tpsjamericana8

May        

image of Justicia americana, American Water-willow

JK Marlow    jkm100611_040

June    Stanly County    NC

Morrow Mountain State Park

Ascending peduncles, 2-6" long, arrise from upper leaf axils, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Justicia americana, American Water-willow

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmjamericana_lakemarion

June        SC

Lake Marion

Flower white to lavender w purple markings, upper lip notched, lower 3-lobed, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Justicia americana, American Water-willow

JK Marlow    jkm0507e_16

July    Fayette County    WV

Hawks Nest State Park

Calyx lobes linear to lanceolate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Justicia americana, American Water-willow

JK Marlow    jkm0507e_17

July    Fayette County    WV

Hawks Nest State Park

Gets its common name from the slender, lanceolate, willow-like leaves, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Justicia americana, American Water-willow

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_justicia_americana_3

July        

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (11/30/12):
Justicia americana   FAMILY Acanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Justicia americana   FAMILY Acanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 171-05-001:
Justicia americana   FAMILY Acanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Dianthera americana

 

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1986

Emergent aquatic or semi-aquatic (rooted); Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Habitat: River and stream beds, in shallow water, often rooted in rocky shallows, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Pale violet/ White (with purple markings)
Bisexual
5-lobed calyx
2-lipped corolla, upper lip notched, lower three-lobed
2 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Brown
Capsule

 

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