Everglades Water-Willow (Justica angusta). Observed in two locations at the Babcock/Webb WMA in Punta Gorda, Florida.
Beautiful little perennial wild flower which grows near fresh water and, as above, in standing water.
New wildflower to me...I got some ID help from Facebookers, Chris Evans, Linda Cooper and Carol Joan Gowing. Thanks folks!
Above is my "go-to" reference for SW Florida wildflowers.
Great name...Justica for Scottish botanist, James Justice...and angusta from the Latin, meaning "narrow" referring to the leaf shape.
Solitary blossom on a rather long stem....pale purple here, but looked more blue at second location.
Appears to be a popular nectaring plant for small butterflies...here with a Least Skipper (Ancyloxypha numitor).
Here with a Little Metalmark (Calephelis virginiensis).
Kaufman guides are great for "birds and bugs!"
Always something new to see at "The Webb"....can't wait to get back!