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Mentzelia floridana



Florida native


A common plant of shell middens, hammocks and dunes along both coasts of the peninsula and across south Florida plus the Bahamas.
The only species of Mentzelia found in Florida, which is likewise the only Florida genus of the family Loasaceae.
Yellow five-petaled flowers can appear nearly any time of the year in the leaf axils. The alternate, brittle leaves are covered with barbed hairs that cause pieces to cling to clothing, prompting the common name poorman's patches.

Mentzelia floridana is a member of the Loasaceae - Loasa family.

Native Florida Plants

  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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Native Florida Plants
Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.

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