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Pitted Stripeseed   Piriqueta caroliniana

The range distribution maps for the Pitted Stripeseed are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).


The Pitted Stripeseed, sometimes called Piriqueta, is a native perennial found in the southeastern states and throughout all of Florida.  It grows in marshes, open pinelands, sandy wood margins, and along roadsides where there is plenty of sunshine.

The bright yellow flowers, about 0.75-inch wide, have 5 petals, 5 stamens, and 3 stigmas, each with a bushy tip.  The alternate leaves are linear or lanceolate in shape and vary in size from 1-2 inches long and about 0.5-inch wide.  The plants can grow to a height of about 2 feet.  The flowers bloom from spring-fall, but not continuously.  The flowers attract small to mid-sized bees and serve as a caterpillar host plant for the Gulf Fritillary.

The photos on this page were taken in the Babcock-Webb WMA during the last week in June, 2017.