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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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An occasional wildflower of flatwoods, rock pinelands and prairie margins of south Florida extending as far north as Sarasota and DeSoto Counties on the west side of the peninsula, Indian River County on the east coast and remaining south of Lake Okeechobee inland. The range includes the northern Bahamas.
The leaves of Florida ironweed are mostly cauline, linear, less than 1 cm (0.4 in.) wide and typically 5-10 cm (2-4 in.) long with the upper surface smooth or nearly smooth. The flower heads may be few to numerous, spreading open with maturity. The disk flowers are a bright pinkish lavendar. The pappus is light yellow.
This species was named by John Kunkel Small (1869-1938) in honor of botanist John Loomis Blodgett (1809-1853) for the latter's contributions to the knowledge of south Florida botany.