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Bejaria racemosa (Tarflower)
Tauscher, Joseph Allan

Bejaria racemosa

Bejaria racemosa Vent.

Tarflower, Flyweed, Flycatcher

Ericaceae (Heath Family)

Synonym(s): Befaria racemosa

USDA Symbol: BERA3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Slender shrub; branches few, stiff, erect.

The backs of the flower petals produce a sticky exudate that traps flies and gives the plant its common names.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 10 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


Native Distribution: Georgia and Alabama south to peninsular Florida.
Native Habitat: Pine flatwoods, scrub.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FAC
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Bejaria racemosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Bejaria racemosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Bejaria racemosa


Record Modified: 2023-04-03
Research By: LBJWFC

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