Bejaria racemosa

Ventenat

Descr. Pl. Nouv., plate 51. 1801 ,.

Common names: Tar-flower fly-catcher fly-weed
IllustratedEndemic
Synonyms: Bejaria floridana Gandoger
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 8. Treatment on page 450.

Shrubs to 3 m. Leaves: petiole 1.2–1.4 mm, glabrous (hispid or tomentose); blade usually elliptic or obovate, sometimes ovate to lanceolate, 1.8–5.2 × 0.6–2.5 cm, base cuneate (rounded), apex acute to rounded, surfaces glabrous or reddish-tomentose when young. Inflorescences appearing stalked because of reduction in leaf size proximal to raceme. Flowers: sepals (unequal in size, outer ones largest), 3.2–5.2 × 3–9 mm, lobes ovate to depressed-ovate, 1.5–2.9 × 1.5–2.9 mm; petals spreading to reflexed, white, pink, or white with pink lines, spatulate, 18–33 × 3.5–8 mm; filaments tomentose; ovary glabrous. Capsules [5–] 7-locular, 4–6.6 × 6.3–11 mm. Seeds 1.1–1.8 mm.


Phenology: Flowering spring.
Habitat: Low pine flatwoods and scrub oak-saw palmetto
Elevation: 0-100 m

Discussion

The outside of the petals of Bejaria racemosa is covered by an extremely sticky exudate that often captures insects. T. Eisner and D. J. Aneshansley (1983) showed that it is as potently adhesive as a commercial glue marketed specifically for trapping insects. Some herbarium labels report that the plants are sometimes used as fly paper. The large white or pink flowers have horticultural value and the species has entered the nursery trade.

Selected References

None.

Lower Taxa

None.

... more about "Bejaria racemosa"
Acute (?) +  and Rounded (?) +
Steven E. Clemants† +
Ventenat +
furrowed +  and smooth +
not flaky +
cuneate +
1.8 cm18 mm <br />0.018 m <br /> (5.2 cm52 mm <br />0.052 m <br />) +
ovate;lanceolate +
coriaceous +
0.6cm;2.5cm +
0.4 cm4 mm <br />0.004 m <br /> (0.66 cm6.6 mm <br />0.0066 m <br />) +
0.63 cm6.3 mm <br />0.0063 m <br /> (1.1 cm11 mm <br />0.011 m <br />) +
Tar-flower +, fly-catcher +  and fly-weed +
rotate to crateriform campanulate cylindric globose or urceolate +
Ala. +, Fla. +  and Ga. +
0-100 m +
undifferentiated +
fusiform +
0.32 cm3.2 mm <br />0.0032 m <br /> (0.52 cm5.2 mm <br />0.0052 m <br />) +
pendulous +  and erect +
3mm +  and 9mm +
depressed-oblong +
Low pine flatwoods and scrub oak-saw palmetto +
multicellular +
terminal +  and axillary +
persistent +
proximal +
0.15 cm1.5 mm <br />0.0015 m <br /> (0.29 cm2.9 mm <br />0.0029 m <br />) +
ovate +  and depressed-ovate +
1.5mm;2.9mm +
revolute;plane;toothed;entire;revolute;plane;toothed;entire +
parietal +, axile +  and placentation +
tenuinucellate +  and unitegmic +
distinct +
1.8 cm18 mm <br />0.018 m <br /> (3.3 cm33 mm <br />0.033 m <br />) +
spreading +  and reflexed +
reduced +
not sticky +
0.35 cm3.5 mm <br />0.0035 m <br /> (0.8 cm8 mm <br />0.008 m <br />) +
0.12 cm1.2 mm <br />0.0012 m <br /> (0.14 cm1.4 mm <br />0.0014 m <br />) +
Flowering spring. +
4-5-carpellate +
Descr. Pl. Nouv., plate +
not +  and winged +
distinct +
ellipsoid +
1.1mm +  and 1.8mm +
Illustrated +  and Endemic +
procumbent +  and prostrate +
creeping +  and sprawling +
peltate +  and capitate +
straight +
reddish-tomentose +  and glabrous +
Bejaria floridana +
Bejaria racemosa +
species +
achlorophyllous +  and chlorophyllous +
evergreen +, deciduous +  and perennial +
heterotrophic +, autotrophic +  and mycotrophic +