Hydrolea (Water Leaves)

A couple of interesting Missouri Natives from a monogeneric family – the Hydroleaceae. The genus, Hydrolea, comes from the Greek hydor (water) and eleia (olive), referring to the wet habitats these plants prefer (they definitely like their feet wet and can withstand long periods of partial to complete submersion) and their leaves resemblance to the leaves of the olive. The flowers of these plants are downright stunning – these shades of blue are pretty rare in the flora of Missouri.

Hydrolea uniflora, photographed at Big Cane Conservation Area, 22 August 2021.
Hydrolea ovata is ranked S2 (imperiled) in the state of Missouri. This plant was photographed at Tingler Prairie Natural Area in Howell County, MO.

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