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Plant Identification: SOLVED: Found this at Econ River Wilderness Area

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Orlando, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 17, 2012
1:34 PM

Post #9335633

It was the only one I noticed in the entire preserve. It grew in a sandhills habitat, surrounded by saw palmetto, gallberry, fetterbush, rusty lyonia, and longleaf pine. Stood a little more than 2'.

Thanks in advance!

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Mobile, AL

November 17, 2012
3:08 PM

Post #9335715

You plant looks as if it may be a Melanthera. There are four species found in Florida. It is not Melanthera nivea, but perhaps it is one of the others: Melanthera parvifolia, angustifolia, or ligulata. Photos of those three are hard to find. I may be completely wrong, but the flower structure reminds me of Melanthera nivea, hence my guess that it is in the same genus.
Lee's Summit, MO
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2012
3:23 PM

Post #9335725

It's beautiful!

November 17, 2012
10:10 PM

Post #9335948

Reminds me of Palafoxia. Maybe Palafoxia feayi.

November 17, 2012
10:57 PM

Post #9335963

I go with Melanthera. In parafixia corolla lobes are much longer.
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 18, 2012
8:18 AM

Post #9336162

@Darwiniensis: I will revisit the site and do some checking on the leaves to see if they match the description I found... looks quite like a young Palafoxia feayi. Thanks for the tip!

@meltonw: My original thoughts were leaning towards Melanthera, but the stem is round and the whorled leaves were throwing me for a loop. I think I did find a M. lingulata at the site, though... a bit out of its range.

@KayJones: Thanks!

November 18, 2012
2:27 PM

Post #9336402

Singhg45, I think you are right that most species of Palafoxia have disc florets with well developed corolla lobes. However, please have a look at Palafoxia feayi here:
Corolla lobes in that species are much reduced.

November 19, 2012
2:15 PM

Post #9337348

Agreed Darwiniensis, although flowering heads of Melanthera nivea are deceptively similar
to Palafoxia feayi, the leaves are different and usually lobed

Thanks for correction

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