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Piriqueta, Pitted stripeseed
Piriqueta cistoides subsp. caroliniana
Passifloraceae
 

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
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General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower gardens.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.

Description: Small herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: About 4-8 inches in height. Usually taller than broad, but sometimes falling over and forming small patches.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Southern United States south to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies. In the Monroe County Keys, apparently disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key; also collected once on Key Largo, but perhaps introduced there.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Pinelands, prairies and marshes.

Soils: Moist to seasonally wet, well- to moderately well-drained sandy or limestone 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: Yellow.

Flower Characteristics: Showy, about 3/4" wide.

Flowering Season: All year; peak spring-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous, globose 3-valved capsule containing light brown to gray pitted seeds.

Wildlife and Ecology: Larval host for Gulf fritillary butterflies. For an excellent article on this, Gulf fritillary butterflies, and uses by other insects see this article by Rufino Osorio in The Palmetto.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.


Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
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Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley


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