Wild Florida Photo - Mecardonia acuminata

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Mecardonia acuminata

  var.  peninsularis

AXILFLOWER

Florida native

Endemic to Florida

 

The peninsularis subspecies on Mecardonia acuminata is only found in the Florida peninsula.
This axilflower is a low growing perennial with square stems branching near the base. Flowers are white with fine pink lines, tubular shaped with five lobes that are united on the lower 2/3 of the tube. The small toothed leaves are oblanceolate (wider near the tip) and less than 2.5cm (~1 in.) long.
Mecardonia acuminata peninsularis is a Florida endemic subspecies of the Axilflower that is found throughout the southeastern United States and into north and central Florida. This wider ranging axilflower, sometimes considered subspecies acuminata, has leaves longer than 2.5cm (1 in.) and does not branch near the base. Another subspecies - microphylla - ranges from Louisiana to Georgia plus two Florida panhandles counties, Washington and Calhoun. The microphylla subspecies has a peduncle (flower stalk) less than 10mm (~3/8 in.) long and sepals 2mm (~1/16 in.) or wider, while the others subspecies have peduncles longer than 10mm (~3/8 in.) long and sepals narrower than 2mm (~1/16 in.).

 
Mecardonia acuminata is a member of the Plantaginaceae - Plantain family.