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.