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Bristlemallow
Modiola caroliniana

Bristlemallow, Modiola carolinianaThe tiny flower of the bristlemallow is only open in bright sunlight. Because of its size and similaity of the flowers, it is easily mistaken for the more abundant scarlet pimpernel.






Bristlemallow, Modiola carolinianaIn this view with a thumbnail size clue, you can see the red pistils and yellow anthers.







Bristlemallow, Modiola carolinianaThe wheel shaped fruit is similar to that of the common mallow, and other members of the mallow family.







Bristlemallow, Modiola carolinianaThe stems of the bristlemallow are long, and lie flat on the surface of the ground.  They take root as they grow, spreading quickly to form a dense, tangled mat.







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