Wild Florida Photo - Pieris phyllyreifolia

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Pieris phyllyreifolia




Florida native


A small evergreen shrub, nonparasitic and often extending upward just under the bark of cypress, white cedar and titi trees. Vine wicky is found in and near cypress and white cedar wetlands and along the wet edges of pinelands and moist flatwoods through the panhandle and down the center of the Florida peninsula as far as Lake County. Pieris phyllyreifolia is also found in the southeastern coastal plain from Mississippi to South Carolina.
The leaves are alternate, 1.5 - 7 cm long, 0.5 - 2 cm wide, dark green above, stiff and revolute. The flowers are urn shaped and borne in clusters in the leaf axils, especially near the ends of branches, and appear from winter to spring.

Pieris phyllyreifolia is a member of the Ericaceae - Heath family.