Wild Florida Photo
Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
Largeflower jointweed is a brittle, woody shrub that can grow to 3 feet tall and spreading.
The distinctive ocrea, typical of the jointweed family, are bristly on Polygonella robusta. The 1-2" linear leaves are alternate & clustered.
Small white to pinkinsh flowers in 2-3" long spikelike racemes appear in summer and fall.
Found in sandhills, turkey oak barrens and sand pine scrub from the central panhandle through the central peninsula to southeast of Lake Ochechobee.
Calopogon pallidus is the second most common species of the genus, occurring throughout much of Florida and the coastal plains from Louisiana to Virginia.
The typically pale pink flowers of each plant open in slow succession with one to four open at at time. Flower color can vary from white to a deep magenta. The narrow grasslike leaves are less than half the height of the plant and are usually absent at flowering time.
Drumheads are found in bogs & wet flatwoods in much of Florida and throughout most of the eastern United States northwest to Minnesota and Iowa and southwest to Texas and Oklahoma.
Polygala cruciata is rare in some states.
A perennial herb with a rushlike stem up to one meter tall, milky sap and solitary terminal flower.
Corolla pink, pale rose or sometimes white. Ray florets have toothed tips. Disk florets absent. Flowering from March through November, this is the only species of the Lygodesmia genus in florida, where it occurs in dry pinelands, prairies and other sandy soils throughout most of the state except for the western panhandle and extreme southern tip of the peninsula. L. aphylla is also found in a number of counties in southwest Georgia while the other Lygodesmia species are found mostly in the western United States.
Helianthemum corymbosum is a perennial herb of sandhills, dunes and dry open hammocks in the southeastern coastal states from Mississippi to North Carolina and throughout much of Florida.
The downy or hairy stem is erect and 20-30 cm long. There are 5-petaled yellow flowers at the terminus of the stem that drop their petals the day after blooming. This plant also has small self-polinating flowers without petals clustered in the leaf axils. Pinebarren frostweed blooms from late winter into the summer in Florida. The leaves are alternate and narrowly elliptic to ovate, hairy, silvery-green below and dark green above. There is not a basal rosette of leaves in this species. The common name comes from the trait that when temperatures are low enough, the plant extrudes broad thin ice crystals from the stem near the base of the plant.
Small's jointweed is a low growing plant mostly found on white sands in scrub habitat. It is listed as an endangered plant and is only found in four counties of Florida, almost exclusively on the Lake Wales Ridge.
The zigzag branches have reddish-brown bark that cracks and partly separates in long, flat interlacing strips. Polygonella myriophylla has the distinctive ocrea typical of the jointweed family. The ocrea of this species do not have bristles. The needle-like fleshy leaves are 3-10 mm long. The small showy flowers are in clusters at the ends of erect branches. There are no petals but the flowers have 5 petal-like white sepals 3-4 mm long.