Florida Tickseed
Coreopsis floridana
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

Florida Tickseed is an upright wetland perennial with few branches and leafy stems. Its preferred habitat is wet flatlands, moist prairies, edge of swamps and ditches. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are alternate on the stem, narrowly elliptic (widest at the middle) or lance-like. The lower leaves are larger and have long stalks while the upper leaves are smaller and nearly sessile.

The flowers are solitary heads on long stalks, with bright yellow female rays that are symmetrical in form. The disc flowers are bisexual in nature and dark purple.

Fruit is achene.

The swampland coreopsis often has a single erect leafy stem with few branches. The heads usually have no more than 8 broad yellow rays that are 3-lobed at the tip. The surrounding outer bracts are broadly triangular and slightly longer than the inner bracts. This species is well known from north central Florida to the Alabama Tensaw Delta, but rarely should one expect to see it at roadside as its usual habit in the wetlands, watersheds and cypress bogs is primary. These plants are especially prolific in the Splinter Hill bogs of western Escambia and northeastern Baldwin.

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