Whitehead Bogbutton


A sturdy design forms an oasis of brown, green and white mélange:

Whitehead Bogbutton, Lachnocaulon anceps, is a small perennial herb that dwells in pine scrubs, moist pinelands, marsh margins and bogs in every County in Florida.

A ground hugging basal rosette grows from a fibrous root system. The rosette is made up of narrow linear leaves ¾ to 2 ¾ inches in length. Leaves are arranged in a tight swirl forming a small tuft. One to several stems grow erectly up to 18 inches in height. Stems are leafless but are covered with long hairs that ascend upwards.

At the tip of each stem is a tiny flower head. The flower heads are unisexual either male or female. Grayish-white in color and no floral petals. Only three sepals that surround either a female sex organ called a pistil or male stamens with gold colored pollen bearing anthers. Heads are about 1/8 inch in diameter.

The specimen in the picture was found in a pine scrub in the Rookery Bay Preserve where it resides with a cluster of Whiteheads.

Dorothy Rodwell