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Rockland twinflower, Pineland snakeherb
Dyschoriste angusta
Acanthaceae
 

Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Miami-Dade County, Florida, 2013

General Landscape Uses: Wildflower and rock gardens.

Ecological Restoration Notes: Fairly common in pinelands on the Miami Rock Ridge; rarer elsewhere.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries. Available at Indian Trails Native Nursery in Lake Worth (561-641-9488).

Description: Small fine textured wildflower.

Dimensions: About 4-8 inches in height. Often taller than wide, but spreading and forming small open patches.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Monroe County Keys north to Martin and Collier counties, then rare and scattered to the north in Lee, Highlands, Polk, Hernando and Wakulla counties; Bahamas. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Pinelands and prairies.

Soils: Moist, well-drained limestone or sandy soils, without humus.

Nutritional Requirements: Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: High; does not require any supplemental water once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: Blue or purple.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy, 1/4" wide..

Flowering Season: All year.

Fruit: Inconspicuous capsule.

Wildlife and Ecology: Possible larval host plant for common buckeye (Junonia coenia) butterflies, which utilized the closely related D. oblongifolia.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.


Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Miami-Dade County, Florida, 2013

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Chuck McCartney

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley


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