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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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ST. JOHN'S SUSAN
Endangered Florida species
This perennial grows to around 4 feet tall with showy terminal flowers consisting of yellow drooping ray florets and reddish-brown disk florets in a cylindric to conical shape. The glabrous stems help differentiate Rudbeckia nitida from other coneflower species.
This rare plant of wet flatwoods is found in scattered locations thoughout its range of Florida, Georgia & Alabama. Much of this plant's habitat has been converted to pine plantations, leaving most populations confined to roadside ditches and powerline rights-of-way where they are subject to road widening, clearing, mowing and herbicide spraying.