Hypericum mutilum Linnaeus
Hypericaceae (St. Johnswort) Family
Plant is an upright, much branched annual or short-lived perennial. Its preferred habitat is wet places, freshwater marshes, swamps, ditches, bogs and pond edges. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
The leaves are thin, ovate-oblong to elliptic, rounded to blunt at the tip, clasping the stem (no leaf stalk). The color is yellowish-green. The flower bearing branches have smaller leaves that appear as reduced stem leaves.
The flowers are small (less than 1/4 inch), five petals. The sepals are broadest near the middle and acute. Stamens number 5 to 15. The style is about 1 cm long. Flower color is bright yellow or orange-yellow, occurring in late spring or early summer.
Fruit is an ellipsoid capsule.