Flower of the Day: Spotted St. Johnswort

Hypericum punctatum; Clusiaceae (garcinia family)


Unlike yesterday’s FOTD, this Hypericum species is a forb (herb), growing to about 3 feet tall.  It looks quite similar at first glance to the alien common St. Johnswort (H. perforatum), but can be distinguished by looking at the flower petals through a handlens.  Spotted St. Johnswort has little black dots all over the petals, while common St. Johnswort has black dots only along the petal edges.  The flowers are only about half an inch across.