Froelichia floridana (Nutt.) Moq.

Field Snake-Cotton, Plains Snakecotton

Froelichia floridana plant

Family - Amaranthaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Froelichia floridana stemStem with arachnoid pubescence.

Froelichia floridana nodeSwollen node of stem.

Froelichia floridana basePlant bases.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Froelichia floridana plantFlowers.

Flowering - May - September.

Habitat - Sandy open ground, streambanks, gravel bars, railroads.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This tall, striking species is found along the eastern edge of Missouri and in a few counties to the west. The plant grows much taller and robust than the other species of Froelichia in the state, F. gracilis (Hook.) Moq..
F. floridana is an easy species to identify in the field because of its long flowering stems, swollen nodes, and cotton-like flower clusters.

Photographs taken in Winter Haven, FL., 6-25-02.