Florida indian plantain
Synonym(s): Cacalia floridana, Mesadenia floridana
Endemic to Florida
A frequent plant of sandhills, scrub and pine flatwoods occurring only the the Florida peninsula north of Lake Okeechobee.
The ray florets are lacking on the distinctive flowers of this genus. The most prominent feature of the Florida indian plantain flowers are the five green winged phyllaries of the cylindrical disk florets. Leaves are alternate, strongly veined and oval or broadest near their base. The lowest leaves are crenate and 7 to 9 nerved. Plants can reach over a meter tall with a grooved, glabrous stem branching in the upper part of the plant.
Of the two endemic Arnoglossum, A. floridanum is more widespread than A. album, which is only found in Bay and Gulf Counties.
Arnoglossum floridanum is a member of the Asteraceae - Aster family.
Other species of the Arnoglossum genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
Arnoglossum diversifolium - VARIABLELEAF INDIAN PLANTAIN
Arnoglossum ovatum - OVATELEAF INDIAN PLANTAIN
Date record last modified: Jun 18, 2020