Wild Florida Photo - Urena lobata

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Urena lobata

CAESARWEED

Not native to Florida

Florida Exotic Pest Plant 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.

 

This perennial can be found throughout peninsular Florida and Escambia County. The range also includes Louisiana, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It is native to eastern India.
The semi-woody stem is hairy and grows up to 3 meters tall. The 5-petaled pink flowers are united at the base. Leaves are alternate, seven viened, ovate, shallowly lobed and finely toothed.

 
Urena lobata is a member of the Malvaceae - Mallow family.