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Narrowleaf Carolina scalystem
Elytraria caroliniensis var. angustifolia
Acanthaceae
 

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.

Ecological Restoration Notes: Somewhat common in pine rocklands and marl prairies in Miami-Dade County; less abundant elsewhere.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Small herbaceus wildflower.

Dimensions: Basal rosette about 2-4 inches in height; to 6-12 inches when in flower. Taller than broad when in flower.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Endemic to South Florida from Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County mainland north to Martin and Lee counties.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Pinelands and marl prairies.

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

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: Whitish.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy.

Flowering Season: Spring-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous capsule, explosively dehiscent.


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

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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