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

Taxonomic notes


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.[1]


It is endemic to southern peninsular Florida.[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. [2]


P. linearifolia has been observed flowering and fruiting August through November. [2]


The following Hymenoptera families and species were observed visiting flowers of Pectis linearifolia at Archbold Biological Station: [3]

Halictidae: Augochlorella gratiosa, Lasioglossum nymphalis, L. puteulanum

Vespidae: Stenodynerus fundatiformis

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 [[1]] Accessed: February 18, 2016
  2. 2.0 2.1 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.
  3. Deyrup, M.A. and N.D. 2015. Database of observations of Hymenoptera visitations to flowers of plants on Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA.