Wild Florida Photo - Stachytarpheta cayennensis - Nettleleaf Velvetberry

Stachytarpheta cayennensis (Rich.)Vahl

Nettleleaf Velvetberry
Blue Snakeweed

Synonym(s): Stachytarpheta urticifolia

Not native to Florida

Florida Invasive Species Council: Category II designation

Invasive exotics that have increased in abundance or frequency but have not yet altered Florida plant communities to the extent shown by Category I species.
Planting this species should be avoided and removal of existing plants may be desirable.

Matanzas Province, Cuba 02/19/19
Matanzas Province, Cuba 02/19/19

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A rare herb occurring in Miami-Dade and Collier Counties and native to tropical Asia.
This non-native porterweed is an upright woody shrub with floral bracts that are lanceolate-subulate and having a scarious margin only below the middle. The leaves have acute teeth that are more numerous and outward-pointing than S. jamaicensis.


Stachytarpheta cayennensis is a member of the Verbenaceae - Verbena family.

Other species of the Stachytarpheta genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  Stachytarpheta jamaicensis - BLUE PORTERWEED
  Stachytarpheta x intercedens - PORTERWEED

Date record last modified: Sep 30, 2023

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