Wild Florida Photo - Polypremum procumbens

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Polypremum procumbens

RUSTWEED

JUNIPERLEAF

Florida native

 

A common mat-forming annual throughtout most of Florida and all of the southeastern United States. Ranges west to Texas and Oklahoma, northwest into Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, and north along the eastern coast into Pennsylvania and New Yourk state.
The diffuse, smooth branches radiate from a central crown and turn reddish-brown with age, starting at the base. The tiny white flowers have four petals that are fused, hairy within the throat and have five sepals. The flowers are on short branched spikes. Leaves are opposite, entire, elliptic or ovate to lanceolate, tapered at the base. The leaf bases are connected by stipular membranes.

 
Polypremum procumbens is a member of the Buddlejaceae - Butterfly-bush family.