Roundpod St. John's Wort
Hypericum cistifolium
Clusiaceae [=Hypericaceae] (St. John's Wort) Family

Plant is an upright, slender perennial; up to two feet tall with leafless flower branches arising from the top of the stem in a dichotomous (forked or divided) fashion. Preferred habitat is bogs, margin of swamps, flood plains and wetlands. Distribution is coastal in the Escambia region.

Leaves are narrowly widest at the middle; small; upper and lower surface covered with minute black dots. The midrib is prominent, as is the network of secondary veins.

The flowers are small; at the end of the branch, appearing naked because the sepals are minute and recurved; sepals number 5; triangular in shape and usually reflexed downward away from the capsule. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is an oval capsule; swollen; dark brown and at the tip of the leafless branches.

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