Pectis linearifolia

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Pectis linearifolia
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Photo by Dennis Girard, Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae ⁄ Compositae
Genus: Pectis
Species: P. linearifolia
Binomial name
Pectis linearifolia
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Natural range of Pectis linearifolia from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Florida chinchweed[1]

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: none.[1]

Varieties: none.[1]


A description of Pectis linearifolia is provided in The Flora of North America. It is a small, annual species that emits a lemon-citrus odor when crushed.[2]


It is endemic to southern peninsular Florida,[2] specifically starting at Alachua County and continuing south.[1]



In the Coastal Plain in Florida, P. linearifolia has been observed in sand-shell scrubs, sandridges, abandoned railroad beds, and a cleared longleaf pineland with live oak, saw palmetto, Viburnum obovatum, cabbage palmetto, Fraxinus, Myrica and Salix. [3]


P. linearifolia has been observed flowering and fruiting August through November. [3]

Seed bank and germination

Seeds germinate when scattered in pot or on the ground however have trouble growing indoors. [4]

Herbivory and toxicology

Pectis linearifolia was observed at the Archbold Biological Station to host sweat bees from the Halictidae family such as Augochlorella gratiosa, Lasioglossum nymphalis and L. puteulanum, and wasps from the Vespidae family such as Stenodynerus fundatiformis.[5]

Diseases and parasites

Aphids are the only known parasites.[6]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

Cultural use

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Weakley, A.S. 2015. Flora of the southern and mid-atlantic states. Working Draft of 21 May 2015. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  2. 2.0 2.1 [[1]] Accessed: February 18, 2016
  3. 3.0 3.1 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: October 2015. Collectors: Robert K. Godfrey, Olga Lakela, M. Menzel, Jackie Patman, James D. Ray Jr., D. Wise. States and Counties: Florida: Collier, Manatee, Polk, Sarasota. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
  4. Osorio R. 1990 Pectis linearifolia Palmetto 10(4):4
  5. Deyrup, M.A. and N.D. 2015. Database of observations of Hymenoptera visitations to flowers of plants on Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA.
  6. Osorio R. 1990 Pectis linearifolia Palmetto 10(4):4