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Smallcane, Florida tibisee, Wild-bamboo
Lasiacis divaricata

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also an accent open groundcover in shady areas.

Availability: Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.

Description: Large herbaceous, almost woody grass.

Dimensions: About 3-6 feet in height, sometimes more when climbing into other vegetation. Taller than broad.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Monroe County Keys north, mostly along the coasts, to Brevard and Lee counties; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. Very rare north of the Miami River in southeastern Florida. Perhaps never present or extirpated in Broward County; perhaps extirpated in Palm Beach County; known from one location in Martin County.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Hammocks.

Soils: Moist, well-drained limestone or sandy soils, with humusy top layer.

Nutritional Requirements: Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.

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

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

Drought Tolerance: Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.

Light Requirements: Light shade.

Flower Color: Greenish inflorescence.

Flower Characteristics: Inconspicuous.

Flowering Season: Summer-fall.

Fruit: Shiny black caryopsis.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

Comments: Looks like a miniature bamboo.

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida

Copyright by: George D. Gann
In habitat, New Providence, Bahamas

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: George D. Gann

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