Water-Dropwort - Hog Fennel - Water Cowbane
(
Leafless Cowbane)
Oxypolis filiformis (Walt.) Britt.
Apiaceae (Parsley) Family

The plant is an erect perennial herb. Average height of a single stalk is about 5 feet.with a slender, sparsly-branched, heavily striated (marked with fine, parallel lines) and a hollow stem. The roots are fibrous. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region. Its preferred habitat is wet ditches, prairies, bogs, marshes, and pinelands.

The leaves are alternate on the stem, consisting of one whole part, no teeth and no lobes, flattened, and linear in form.

The flowers are compound umbels subtended by filiform bracts. Each flower is bisexual in nature and symmetrical in shape. There are five white sepals and five white petals, occasionally maroon. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is an oval or elliptic schizocarp.

There are four species in the Escambia region; O. filliformia, O. rigidior, O. greenmanii, and O. ternata.

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