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Smallcane, Florida tibisee, Wild-bamboo
Lasiacis divaricata
Poaceae


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.
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.


 


George D. Gann
in habitat, New Providence, Bahamas
Keith A. Bradley
George D. Gann
George D. Gann
George D. Gann