Wild Florida Photo
Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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Not native to Florida
This native of tropical America can now be found in disturbed sites throughout most of Florida. It is now introduced in nearly all of the lower 48 states except for Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. Also introduced in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.
Flowers are tiny in spike-like clusters. There are five green sepals, but no petals. The five stamens have thick white anthers that present the appearance of petals. Stems are grooved, mostly erect, often branched to about a meter tall (~ 3') can be up to 1.5m (5'). Leaves are alternate, petioled, lanceolate to lance-elliptic, toothed and dotted with minute glands on the lower surface. The plant has a pungent odor.