Diodia virginiana Linnaeus
Rubaceae (Madder or Coffee) Family
Plant is an upright or reclining, usually mat-forming perennial herb. Its preferred habitat is moist sites and open to semi-shady places; the margin of pine woods and disturbed grounds. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are opposite on the stem; consisting of one whole part; no leaf stalk; linear to narrowly lance-like; rough and hairy. Stipules are at leaf base with bristle tips.
Flowers are small; solitary on the flowering stem; sometimes paired in the upper leaf axil. Flower color is white to occasionally pink; petals four (sometimes six); long and hairy sepals subtending the flower; sepals often with bristle tip. Flowers occur in the summer.
Fruit is small and enclosed in a tiny nut-like structure that splits open when the seeds are mature.
The seeds of this plant are consumed in small amounts by wild turkey; occasionally by seed-eating songbirds