Flameflower - Pennell Flameflower
Macranthera flammea
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort or Snapdragon) Family

Plant is an upright, much branched annual. Preferred habitat is pine woods bogs, wet sandy soils, stream banks, boggy thickets, edge of shrub-tree bogs and shallow water of cypress-gum ponds or depressions. Distribution is rare in the coastal region but is widespread throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are opposite; partly divided but not extending to the midrib; two to three inches long with enrolled margins; smooth or slightly downy.

Flowers are a panicle; solitary and on deflexed stalks. Calyx lobes are spreading and about 1/2 inch long. Tubular buds open into an irregular orange-yellow corolla; opening near the apex and exposing four large black stamens with hairy filaments and a threadlike style; bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. Flowers occur in the summer.

Like many members of the Figwort Family the plant is a root parasite.

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