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Proserpinaca pectinata plant

Family – Haloragaceae

Stems: N/A

Proserpinaca pectinata leaves

Inflorescence: N/A


Proserpinaca pectinata flower


Proserpinaca pectinata fruit


Flowering – June – October.

Habitat – Bogs, savannahs, diches.

Origin – Native to North America.

Other information – This little species can be found in a handful of southern counties. The plant can be identified by its habitat, pectinate leaves, and small, angled fruits.

According to Gray, the genus name Proserpinaca was a name used by Pliny for a Polygonum meaning “pertaining to Proserpina.” The name was transferred to the present genus becasue of its ability to adapt to different habitat conditions. For more information on Proserpina, do a search on the web.

The species epithet pectinata derives from the Latin “pect(in)” meaning “a comb” referring to the leaves.

Source: Alabamaplants.com

Alabama Distribution

Proserpinaca pectinata map

Photographs taken in the Croatan National Forest, NC., 7-18-02.

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