Mecardonia acuminata (Walt.) Small - Water Hyssop, Axilflower
Family - Scrophulariaceae
Flowering - July - October.
Habitat - Flatwoods, bogs, swamps, marshes, floodplains, savannahs, alluvial woods, low roadsides.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This little species can be found scattered throughout Alabama. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its squarish stems, opposite leaves (which are toothed in the apical 1/2), long pedicels (which are subtended by a pair of bracts), and white flowers. The moist to wet habitat of the plant is another good character for identification.
Photographs taken off Lee Rd 54, Auburn, AL., 10-7-04.