|Scientific Name||Modiola caroliniana||USDA PLANTS Symbol||MOCA|
|Common Name||Carolina Bristle-mallow||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||21851|
|Description||Habitat: Moist or dry soils; along edges of marshes, ditch banks, in lawns and disturbed areas.
Plant: Mat-forming, hairy perennial with creeping, trailing stems, up to 24 inches long and rooting at nodes.
Leaves: Leaves are broadly ovate to nearly round in outline and have 3 to 5 lobes, each irregularly incised, up to 2-3/8 inches long and 1-5/8 inches wide, on petioles 1-1/4 inches long.
Inflorescence: Small, solitary flowers about 1/2-inch across arising from the leaf axils; 5 salmon-colored to purplish-red spreading petals are 1/4-inch long or less; yellow stamens surround the red pistil that is divided into a number of segments; 5 sepals just below petals; 3 lanceolate, leafy bracts below.
Bloom Period: March to May.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi, "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and SEINet
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