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Sphagneticola trilobata

Common Name(s): Wedelia, creeping oxeye

Origin

 Central and South America

Ecological Impact

Forms dense thickets which invades agricultural areas, roadsides, trails, along streams, and other disturbed sites. Can crowd out native plant species.  Listed as a Category II invasive species by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC).

Description

Wedelia is a mat forming perennial herb with rounded stems. Leaves are 2 to 4 inches long and 1 to 5 inches wide, with irregularly toothed margins. Flowers are yellow-orange in color with 8-13 florets, forming solitary heads near the stem tips (Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, IFAS).  Recently renamed from Wedelia trilobata to Sphagneticola trilobata.

Identification Tips

Look for yellow-orange flowers on hairy stems. 

History

Introduced to Florida in the early 1900s.

Florida Range

Found throughout the state of Florida, mainly central and southern.

Prevention/Management Strategies

Do not plant in the landscape and remove existing plants by the root.

Photos

Most photos courtesy of the Atlas of Florida Plants; click for additional plant details.

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