SOLVED: Found this at Econ River Wilderness Area

Orlando, FL(Zone 9b)

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

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)

It's beautiful!

Darwin, Australia

Reminds me of Palafoxia. Maybe Palafoxia feayi.

Delhi, India

I go with Melanthera. In parafixia corolla lobes are much longer.

Orlando, FL(Zone 9b)

@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!

Darwin, Australia

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.

Delhi, India

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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