Photographer: Merel R. Black
Triodanis perfoliata (L.) Nieuwl.
clasping Venus'-looking-glass, round-leaved triodanis
Triodanis: "Three teeth," referring to the seed
perfoliata: Latin for "through the leaf"
|Plant: ||erect, annual, 4"-40" tall forb, usually unbranched|
|Flower: ||blue to purple, 5-parted, 1/3"-1/2" wide, widely-spreading petals, center white with a protruding, white style; inflorescence of 1 to several, mostly stalkless flowers from the upper leaf axils; blooms May-Aug.|
|Leaf:||rounded, clasping, usually toothed and with palmate veins|
|Habitat: ||dry; disturbed sites, cliffs; in sandy soil|