Stachytarpheta jamaicensis (L.)Vahl
An occasional wildflower of dunes, pine rocklands, shell middens and disturbed sites from Osceola and Brevard Counties south along the east coast to the Keys and on the west coast north into Lee County, plus Hillsborough and Wakulla Counties. Also found in Alabama and Bermuda with the range extending through the Caribbean. An introduced species in Hawaii.
The long flower spike is distinctive and is a fleshy rachis in which the base of the flowers flowers and the fruit are embedded. Floral bracts on the spike are ovate-lanceolate and scariously margined above the middle. Only one or a few flowers appear at any one time on a spike with each flower only lasting one day. Leaves have coarse obtuse teeth that are pointed towards the tip of the leaf.
Stachytarpheta jamaicensis is a member of the Verbenaceae - Verbena family.
Other species of the Stachytarpheta genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
Stachytarpheta cayennensis - NETTLELEAF VELVETBERRY
Stachytarpheta x intercedens - PORTERWEED
Date record last modified: Sep 30, 2023