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Florida five-petalled leafflower
Phyllanthus pentaphyllus var. floridanus
Phyllanthaceae
 

Copyright by: George D. Gann

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Ecological Restoration Notes: It can be used as one of many understory herbs in pine rocklands.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Small herb.

Dimensions: About 4-8 inches in height. Spreading from underground stems (rhizomes) and forming small, open patches much broader than tall.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Endemic to the Monroe County Keys and Miami-Dade County. In the Monroe County Keys, apparently disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key and nearby islands; also reported for Key Largo, but perhaps introduced there.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Pine rocklands.

Soils: Moist, well-drained 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: Yellowish-green.

Flower Characteristics: Inconspicuous.

Flowering Season: All year.

Fruit: inconspicuous, 3-lobed capsule.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.


Copyright by: George D. Gann


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