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Rugel's Pawpaw

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Rugel's Pawpaw

Rugel's False Pawpaw - Deeringothamnus rugelii
Endangered Florida species, U.S. Endangered species
Location - Tiger Bay State Forest
Habitat - Open pine flatwoods
Range - Volusia County, only on specific soil types
Description - Rugel's false pawpaw is a small shrub with arching stems less than 2 feet tall that are often solitary. Leaves are alternate, leathery, mostly elliptic and held erect, up to 3 inches long. Flowering usually occurs from late March into June. The two series of similar thick petals are slightly recurved and oblong, normally a pale yellow, however there is also a red form. Flowers mostly have 6 petals, but this can vary.
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See more photos and information at the Wild Florida Photo page for this species.