Venus' Looking Glass
Clasping Leaf Venus' Looking Glass
Triodanis perfoliata
Campanulaceae (Bellflower) Family

The plant is an upright, smooth annual. Its preferred habitat is yards, fields and roadsides. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are alternate on the stem and in basal rosettes, consisting of one whole part (rosette leaves are stalked and oval in outline). Stem leaves are ovate with margins toothed. The leaf base is cordate (heart-shaped) and clasping the stem.

The flowers are a spike or raceme. Each flower is bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. The petals are subtended by oval leaf-like bracts, reduced toward the tip. The calyx has five lobes and rotate like a wheel. The color is light blue to lavender. Flowers occur in April to June.

Fruit is a capsule with pores below the midpoint.

Photo courtesy Mike Carter, Pensacola, Florida
April 2010

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