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Yellow Wildflowers - Page 1 2 3

On this page - Partridge Pea, Maryland Goldenaster, Wireweed, East Coast Dune Sunflower, Prickly-pear Cactus, Blackeyed-susan, Pitted Stripeseed, Yelloweyed Grass, Yellow Colicroot, Narrowleaf Silkgrass

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Image - Partridge Pea flower (Chamaecrista fasciculata) Image - Partridge Pea seed pod

Partridge Pea - Chamaecrista fasciculata

Family - Fabaceae

Habitat - Pinelands, Open Woodlands, Disturbed sites

Description - Native annual herbaceous wildflower to 3 feet in height.

Flower - 1 1/2 inches, 5 unequal petals yellow with red spots at base, stems erect to arching, leaves pinnately compound with bristle tipped leaflets. Fruit is a flattened pod

Maryland Goldenaster (Chrysopsis mariana (L.)Elliott)

Maryland Goldenaster - Chrysopsis mariana

Family - Asteraceae

Habitat - Sandhill, open sandy areas of flatwoods

Description - Perennial, Forb/Herb to 3 feet high, basal leaves are oblanceolate, stem leaves lanceolate, young growth is silky or pubescent.

Flower - Golden yellow numerous rays surround a yellow to brownish yellow central disk.

Image - Common Sidepetals (Sida acuta)

Common Fanpetals, Wireweed - Sida acuta

Family - Malvaceae

Habitat - Sandy well drained soils of flatwoods, prairie

Description - Shrubby, tough stemmed perennial, ranging from 11 to 36 inches high, leaves alternate, slender, lanceolate, acute, toothed margins, 1- 3.9 inches long.

Flower - Pale yellow, yellow or orange with 5 petals, just under1 inch, joined at base.

Image - East coast beach sunflower (Helianthus debilis)

East Coast Dune Sunflower - Helianthus debilis ssp. debilis

Family - Asteraceae

Habitat - Coastal Strand, open areas on the east coast of Florida.

Description - Native Florida herbaceous annual or perennial wildflower.

Height - 18 inches

Prickly pear cactus (Opuntia humifusa) Prickley pear cactus flower

Prickly-pear Cactus - Opuntia humifusa

Family - Cactaceae

Habitat - Dry, sandy, open woodlands, Coastal strand behind dune line.

Description - Attains heights of 8 feet or more, armed with long sharp spines and smaller hair-like, barbed spines called glochids, dark green dull or shiny pads up to about 8 inches long.

Flower - Yellow to 3 inches across, blooming in spring and summer, followed by green oblong fruit tuning reddish or reddish purple at maturity.

Blackeyed-susan (Rudbeckia hirta) Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan - Rudbeckia hirta

Family - Asteraceae

Habitat - Pinelands

Description - Native Florida herbaceous wildflower. May grow as an annual, biennial or perennial, up to 3 feet tall. Basal rosette leaves are rough, diamond shaped. Branched, prickly flower stem bears hairy, lanceolate leaves 2 -3 inches long.

Flower - To 3 inches across, 10 -20 yellow to golden rays surround a conical, purplish-brown central disk.

Piriqueta cistoides ssp. caroliniana flower Piriqueta, Pitted Stripeseed - Piriqueta cistoides ssp. caroliniana Flower Piriqueta cistoides ssp. caroliniana Leaves

Piriqueta, Pitted Stripeseed - Piriqueta cistoides ssp. caroliniana

Family - Turneraceae

Habitat - Open sunny areas of Pinelands, borders of marshes and moist locations.

Description - Native perennial herb to 15 inches high.

Leaf elliptic, variable margin & texture.

Yellow flower has 5 petals, to about 1 1/2 inches across, Piriqueta blooms from spring through fall.

Yelloweyed grass (Xyris sp.) Yelloweyed grass (Xyris sp)

Yellow-eyed Grass - Xyris Sp.

Family - Xyridaceae

Habitat - Wet woodlands, Marshes and Wet Prairie

Description - Common native perennial herb - 2 dozen species in Florida. Flat liner basil leaves.

Flower - Scaly brown spikes, 2.5 centimeters long, producing small, deep yellow flowers.

Yellow Colic Root (Aletris luta Sm.) Yellow colic root (Aletris lutea Sm.) detail Yellow colic root (Aletris lutea Sm.) leaves

Yellow Colicroot - Aletris lutea

Family - Nartheciaceae

Habitat - Wet Pinelands, Wet Prairie. Moist to wet sandy soils.

Description - Native perennial herb, with yellowish-green lanceolate basil leaves in a rosette to 6 inches high, flowering spike to near 3 feet in the spring & summer.

Flower - Yellow, on tall stalks with a mealy/grainy appearance to 1 cm. long.

Silk-grass (Pityopsis graminifolia) Silk-grass detail (Pityopsis graminifolia)

Narrowleaf Silkgrass - Pityopsis graminifolia

Family - Asteraceae

Habitat - Sandhill, Scrub, Dry Pine Flatwoods, Dry Prairie, Ruderal. Sandy, well drained soils.

Description - Native Perennial, Herb to 3 feet tall. Lanceolate "grass-like" leaves, silky, silvery pubescent. Form is variable.

Flower - Yellow, 1 1/4 inch with 8-13 rays, spring through fall.

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