Spring Bartonia - White Bartonia
Bartonia verna (Michaux) Rafinesque ex Barton
Gentianaceae (Gentian) Family
Its preferred habitat is bogs and moist roadsides. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
The plant is small, barely tall enough to compete with sphagnum moss, but it does manage to send out a slender stem, and is often confused with Sundew, Drosera brevifolia. Each stem bears a single white flower with four petals. All parts of the plant are expressed in four; petals, sepals, stamens. The leaf is smooth, oval, and usually flat on the surface. Each flower is approximately the size of a pencil eraser. Flowers occur in early spring, thus the name.