Cottonweed
Froelichia floridana
Amaranthaceae (Amaranth) Family

Other names: Florida Snake-cotton and Plains Snake-cotton.

Plant is an upright, whitish annual with hairy stems. Preferred habitat is pine woods, fields, roadsides and back-dune areas. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are opposite on the stem; lance-like; consisting of one whole part; no teeth and no lobes. Leaf base graduates to a narrow point.

Flowers are in terminal spikes; bisexual. Calyx is five-parted; no petals; five stamens. Flowering occurs in late summer and early autumn.

Fruit is a capsule.

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