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Bretonica Peluda    Melochia spicata

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


The name Bretonica Peluda is Spanish and means hairy bretonica, which refers to the ovate-shaped leaves.  This plant is a Florida native and is only found in the southwestern and southern part of the state.

This plant is an annual that grows to a height of 3 feet or more.  The pinkish-violet flowers are bell-shaped and about 0.5-inch wide.  They have 5 petals, each having several thin, dark pink irregular lines on them.  The flowers bloom along a spike at the top of the stem.

The ovate-shaped leaves are from 0.75-2 inches long with very short stalks.  The leaves are attached alternately and have toothed margins.  Both the leaves and the stem are hairy.

All of the photos on this page were taken at the Babcock-Webb WMA in early August, 2017.