Hypericaceae (St, John's Wort) Family
Plant is an upright, smooth perennial shrub with lemon-yellow flowers at the tip of branches. Preferred habitat is swamps, sandy sites and thin woods. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are small; opposite on the stem; widest at the middle; nearly clasping the stem or may be pronounced.
Flowers are yellow; about 1/4 inch wide; four petals instead of the usual five and the sepals are of unequal size; usually two broad green sepals with the two narrow missing (as with St. Peters Wort). Three to four styles and numerous stamens. Flowers occur in the summer.
Fruit is a capsule.
The related H. suffruticosum is similar but has two styles instead of three to four. St. Andrews cross is the symbol represented on the Alabama state flag.