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Overview

Distribution

Range Description

L. portula occurs throughout much of Europe, extending beyond the region only into Asiatic Turkey and North Africa. It has been introduced to California, Ohio, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

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National Distribution

Canada

Origin: Exotic

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Unknown/Undetermined

Confidence: Confident

United States

Origin: Exotic

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Unknown/Undetermined

Confidence: Confident

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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
L. portula is a characteristic plant of seasonal pools, often on acidic or at least base poor soils but is rarely found over peat. It is most commonly found where soil disturbance is coupled with seasonal inundation, such as poached margins of upland rivers and pools, wet woodland rides and seasonal pools on heathland.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
  • Freshwater
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Associations

Foodplant / gall
larva of Nanophyes gracilis causes gall of stem (secondary) of Lythrum portula
Other: sole host/prey

Foodplant / feeds on
larva of Phytobius olssoni feeds on Lythrum portula

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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Lythrum portula

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Lythrum portula

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 4
Specimens with Barcodes: 5
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2014

Assessor/s
Lansdown, R.V.

Reviewer/s
Smith, K.

Contributor/s
Rhazi, L., Rhazi, M. & Flanagan, D.

Justification

This species is classed as Least Concern as it is widespread with stable populations and does not face any major threats.

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National NatureServe Conservation Status

Canada

Rounded National Status Rank: NNA - Not Applicable

United States

Rounded National Status Rank: NNA - Not Applicable

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NatureServe Conservation Status

Rounded Global Status Rank: GNR - Not Yet Ranked

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Population

Population

This species is widespread and abundant throughout its known range. There is no detailed information available on population size.


Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats

There are no known past, ongoing, or future threats to this species

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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions

There are no conservation measures in place and none needed.

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Wikipedia

Lythrum portula

Lythrum portula is a species of flowering plant in the loosestrife family known by the common name spatulaleaf loosestrife. It is native to Europe, and it is found in parts of western North America as an introduced species. It often grows in moist habitat, such as marshes. This is a prostrate annual herb producing a hairless, reddish stem up to 25 centimeters long which lies along the ground and roots where its nodes come in contact with wet earth. The slightly fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves are about a centimeter long and greenish to reddish in color. Solitary flowers occur in leaf axils. Flowers often have white or pink petals about a millimeter long, but some lack petals. The fruit is a spherical capsule containing minute seeds.

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