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therschbach
Pearland, TX

February 8, 2013
8:31 AM

Post #9412020

Hi, I need help on ID'ing this plant. If it matters, I live near Houston, Texas.

I am a photographer so I don't know much about plants. I tried finding a similar plant on Google images but had no luck. Thanks!

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themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

February 8, 2013
8:35 AM

Post #9412023

It looks like Pistia stratiotes, water lettuce, an invasive species.

http://www.texasinvasives.org/plant_database/detail.php?symbol=PIST2
therschbach
Pearland, TX

February 8, 2013
8:38 AM

Post #9412026

I ran across those, but I noticed that the leaf structure is different. Are there a lot of variations of it?

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

February 8, 2013
9:02 AM

Post #9412043

There are some minor variations, yes. Being from a distance and a B&W photo makes it a little harder to know for sure, but I am including a link to pics of the aquatic plants found in Texas. Hope that helps.

http://aquaplant.tamu.edu/plant-identification/visual-index/
therschbach
Pearland, TX

February 8, 2013
11:15 AM

Post #9412173

Here is a color and larger version...

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themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

February 8, 2013
1:08 PM

Post #9412285

You are correct, that does not look like water lettuce other than the over-all plant form. (by the way, I really like the play of sunlight in your second pic)

Unfortunately I do not know what your plant is, but I will keeping looking for an answer.
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

February 8, 2013
1:54 PM

Post #9412331

It looks like frogbit to me.
therschbach
Pearland, TX

February 8, 2013
8:12 PM

Post #9412701

It does look similar to frogbit, except it's leaves aren't glossy and the 'veins' are a different pattern... frogbit also looks flatter.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

February 9, 2013
6:49 AM

Post #9412936

There are two species of Limnobium, L spongia

http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/233

and Limnobium laevigatum

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/profiles/amazon-frogbit/
bryan3
Brunswick, GA

February 9, 2013
9:14 AM

Post #9413047

It is a water-primrose, genus Ludwigia.

There are a lot of species out there. Compare with this picture of Ludwigia repens for a start.
http://idtools.org/id/aquariumplants/Aquarium_&_Pond_Plants_of_the_World/key/Aquarium_&_Pond_Plants/Media/Images/ludwigia_repens-plate_lge.jpg

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

February 9, 2013
1:54 PM

Post #9413352

That certainly looks like a winner Bryan.

This link has info on all the species, including the 11 found in Texas

http://texasnature.net/texas/ludwigia.html
therschbach
Pearland, TX

February 10, 2013
5:53 AM

Post #9413923

Yup, that's definitely it, thanks very much Bryan!
bryan3
Brunswick, GA

February 10, 2013
6:06 AM

Post #9413932

Glad to help!

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