Creeping Spot Flower - Opposite Leaf Spotflower
Creeping Spilanthes
Acmella repens - (Walter) L.C. Richard
Syn: Spilanthes americana, Acmella oppositifolia
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower Familty


Plants are reclining perennial creepers. Preferred habitat is stream banks, moist places, marsh edges and ditches. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are opposite on the stem; toothed margins; leaf stalks; rough; prominent upper veins; two to four inches long.

Flowers are at the end of stems; long stalks; rounded heads that stand above and apart from the leaf. Bell-shaped and numerous petals. Disc flowers are bisexual; ray flowers are sterile. Flowers occur in the spring and summer.

Fruit is achene; the outer layer is fused to the seed. However the most prolific growth comes from nodes that touch the soil and put down roots.

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