marsh dewflower

Commelinales > Commelinaceae > Murdannia keisak (Hassk.) Hand.-Maz.
Synonym(s): aneilima, Asian spiderwort, wartremoving herb, marsh dayflower

Marsh dewflower (wart-removing-herb) is an annual, emergent plant that invades wetlands in the southeastern and northwestern United States. Plant stems are succulent, form roots at the nodes, and grow prostrate along the ground. Stems are 12-30 in. (30.5-76.2 cm) long. Leaves are alternate, lance-shaped, and up to 3 in. (7.6 cm) long. In September to November small, pink, 3-petaled flowers occur singly or in small clusters at the apex of the stems and in the leaf axils. Marsh dewflower invades water edges and marshes and often grows immersed. It forms dense mats that out-compete native vegetation. Marsh dewflower is native to eastern Asia and was accidentally introduced into the United States, in South Carolina, around 1935.


Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources


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Flower(s);
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Plant(s); in flower
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Flower(s);
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Plant(s); in flower
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Plant(s); in flower
Linda Lee, University of South Carolina, Bugwood.org
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Infestation;
Nancy Loewenstein, Auburn University, Bugwood.org
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Diagram or Graphic; USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
USDA PLANTS Database, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org
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Invasive Reference(s):

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  • Alabama - IPC List
  • Georgia - EPPC list
  • South Carolina - EPPC List
  • Tennessee - EPPC List
  • Virginia - Invasive Alien Plant Species
  • Washington - Noxious Weed Law
  • Mid-Atlantic - EPPC List


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