Ornate Beauty: Well-named

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When we took a walk on the south Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area property after working with the Boy Scouts (see prior post), we were rewarded with this beautiful spring-summer scrub wildflower. Florida scrub roseling is its common name. Its botanical name – Callisia ornata – is quite apt. Kallos in Greek means beauty, and ornata means ornate.
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This plant is a member of the spiderwort (and dayflower) family, Commelinaceae. Its structural resemblance to Ohio spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis) is striking …
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Its 3-petaled flowers are smaller, about dime-sized, than those of Ohio spiderwort. As with spiderwort, an individual flower lasts only for a day, but flowers are produced daily.

The grass-like foliage of this plant is far more slender than the more stout foliage of Ohio spiderwort…
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Florida scrub roseling, as its common name suggests, is endemic to (only found in) Florida. The roller-chopping of the south Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area has created new open areas, when this lovely wildflower is flourishing. Take a morning walk there soon to enjoy this ornate, pink beauty!

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