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Melochia spicata (Linnaeus) Fryxell var. spicata . Bretonica-peluda. Phen: Jan-Dec. Hab: Calcareous pine flatwoods, disturbed areas. Dist: Probably native in peninsular FL, and widely distributed in tropical America, the original distribution somewhat uncertain.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Taxonomy Comments: See Dorr (2023) for discussion of the complicated nomenclature reflected in the synonymy.

Synonymy: = Dorr (2023); < Melochia spicata (L.) Fryxell – Fl4, K1, K3, K4, WH3, WI; < Melochia villosa (Mill.) Fawc. & Rendle – FNA6, Brizicky (1966); < Riedlea glabrescens (C.Presl) Small – S13; < Riedlea hirsuta (Cav.) A.DC. – S

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FAC (name change)

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