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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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COASTAL MOCK VERVAIN
Synonym: Verbena maritima
Endemic to Florida
Endangered Florida species
An occasional wildflower of dunes, coastal grasslands and strands, oak scrub and coastal pinelands only in the Florida peninsula. Found mostly in the east coast counties, plus Hendry, Collier and Levy Counties.
Beach verbena has angled, branched stems that may be prostrate or ascending. The ovate leaves are opposite with petioles and lobed or toothed margins. The five-lobed flowers are rose-purple and hairy on the exterior of the corolla. The calyx is glandular with five pointed lobes. There are 4 stamens that are attached inside the corolla tube.