Gratiola floridana Nutt. - Florida Hedgehyssop

Gratiola floridana plant

Family - Scrophulariaceae

Stems:

Gratiola floridana lower stemLower stem.

Gratiola floridana upper stemUpper stem.

Leaves:

Gratiola floridana leaves

Inflorescence:

N/A

Flowers:

Gratiola floridana calyxCalyx.

Gratiola floridana flower

Flowering - March - June.

Habitat - Spring branches, stream banks, swamps, ditches.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This species can be found in scattered southern and northern Alabama counties. The plant can be identified by its opposite toothed leaves, long pedicels, and its big white to lilac flowers. The flowers have two fertile stamens and no sterile stamens.
The genus name Gratiola derives from the Latin "grat(i)" meaning "pleasing, favor" referring to supposed medicinal properties.
The species epithet floridana derives from the Latin "flor(i)" meaning "a flower." The name means "of Florida (USA)."

Alabama Distribution:

Gratiola floridana map

Photographs taken off Hwy 41 near Oak Creek, Dallas County, AL., 3-25-06.


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