Taken January 28, 2012 – Venice, Florida
Canon Rebel XSi with Canon 100mm Macro Lens
Genus Common Name: Tasselflower Native Status: Introduced
Emilia fosbergii – Florida Tasselflower, Flora’s Paintbrush, Florida Tassel Flower. There are three species of Tasselflower (Emilia) in the United States, none of which have very wide distribution. Lilac Tasseflower (Emilia sonchifolia) is the only native species of these three which are native (although Flora of North America disagrees with the native status of this species.) All three species are found in Florida, and Florida Tasselflower, the one presented here, is also found in Louisiana, Texas, California, and Hawaii.