Valerian (Valerianaceae) Family
Corn Salad is an upright, somewhat succulent annual; stems dichotomously branched. Its preferred habitat is abandoned lots, old fields, waste sites, edge of woods, and along railroad tracks. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
The leaves are basal rosette, and opposite on the stem; simple in outline, no leaf stalk (sessile), spatulate, no teeth and no lobes. The leaf tip is rounded or truncate and the base is wedge-shaped.
The flowers are in clusters at the tip of a flowering stem; bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. The flowers are subtended by leaf-like bracts. The calyx is absent or nearly so; corolla is funnel-shaped to rotate; five-lobed, and white in color; three stamens. Flowers occur in the spring.
Fruit is nutlet.