May. 9, 2021

coastal plain palafox, Palafoxia integrifolia

Coastal plain palafox, that's an interesting name! Palafox? Must be named after some botanist? Not this time. The genus memorializes Jose de Palafox y Melzi, Duke of Saragossa. He was a captain-general and hero in the Peninsular Wars, fought by Spain and its allies against Napoleonic France from 1807 to 1814. Subsequently, his name was given to this genus by Mariano Lagasca y Segura when he published 'Genera at species plantarum' in 1815. The genus mostly grows in areas of North America formerly controlled by Spain. This Palafoxia grows in FL and GA. Wakulla Co FL, 10/19/15. Aster family, Asteraceae.