Marsh Elder Iva frutescens Linnaeus subsp. frutescens  Synonyms: Bigleaf marsh-elder, Iva frutescens ssp. oraria, Jesuit's Bark, Lowtide Bush, Marshelder.

Status:

Common in salt and brackish marshes.

Description:

Note the opposite leaves and flowering structure which separates Marsh Elder from the similar Eastern Baccharis.

Where to find:

Any salt or brackish marsh should hold populations of Marsh Elder.

Relationships:

Marsh Elder is the host plant for the leaf beetle Ophraella notulata.

There are 121 records in the project database.

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Marsh Elder in Queen Annes Co., Maryland (10/4/2015). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Marsh Elder in Baltimore City Co., Maryland (8/24/2017). Photo by Bill Harms. (MBP list)

Marshelder on Assateague Island, Maryland (8/19/2012). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Marshelder in Somerset Co., Maryland (10/20/2012). This photo shows the opposite leaves which is a diagnostic feature that differentiates this species from Eastern Baccharis. Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Marshelder on Taylors Island, Dorchester Co., Maryland (12/23/2012). Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

Marsh Elder in Somerset Co., Maryland (10/12/2016). Photo by Kirsten Johnson. (MBP list)

Marsh Elder in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (3/29/2017). Photo by Tyler Bell. (MBP list)

Marsh Elder in Somerset Co., Maryland (8/5/2017). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)


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