Wild Florida Photo - Dyschoriste oblongifolia

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Dyschoriste oblongifolia

OBLONGLEAF TWINFLOWER

OBLONGLEAF SNAKEHERB

BLUE TWINFLOWER

Florida native

 

Small common herb of sandhills and flatwoods from the central panhandle down through most of the peninsula, except the southeastern counties. The range also includes Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia.
Of the three snakeherb species in Florida, D. oblongifolia has the largest flowers, the corolla being 2-3 cm long. The opposite leaves and stem are pubescent, rarely exceeding 20 cm tall. The common name derives from the trait of this plant to frequently have a pair of back to back flowers in bloom at the same time.

 
Dyschoriste oblongifolia is a member of the Acanthaceae - Acanthus family.

Other species of the Dyschoriste genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Dyschoriste humistrata - SWAMP TWINFLOWER