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Melochia spicata (Bretonica peluda)
Cressler, Alan

Melochia spicata

Melochia spicata (L.) Fryxell

Bretonica Peluda, Hairy Bretonica

Sterculiaceae (Cacao Family)

Synonym(s): Melochia hirsuta, Melochia hirsuta var. glabrescens, Melochia villosa, Riedlea hirsuta, Sida villosa

USDA Symbol: MESP6

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual , Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Size Notes: To about 1 foot in height.
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec



National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FAC FACW
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.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2015-04-30
Research By: JAM

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