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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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FLORIDA SCRUB ROSELING
Synonym: Cuthbertia ornata
Endemic to Florida
A frequent wildflower of sandhills and scrub in much of the peninsula from Alachua to Collier and Broward Counties. Also found in the panhandle counties of Gulf, Franklin and Wakulla.
This perennial has slender stems less than 61cm (2 ft.) tall topped with a tight cyme of three-petaled pink flowers. The flowers have six fertile stamens with bearded filaments and petals with scalloped edges. The linear leaves are shorter than their flowering stem. This Callisia species does not grow in dense tufts (not cespitose).
There are a series of images and a video of a Poecilognathus bee fly on the flower of this plant on the Poecilognathus bee fly page.
"Bee Fly on Roseling" won Honorable Mention in the Orange Audubon Society's 2018 (30th Annual) Kit and Sidney Chertok Florida Native Nature Photography Contest. The image shows an extreme close-up of a Poecilognathus bee fly on an endemic Florida scrub roseling flower.