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Asimina pygmea

Asimina pygmea (W. Bartram) Dunal

Dwarf Pawpaw, Gopher-berry

Annonaceae (Custard-Apple Family)

Synonym(s): Pityothamnus pygmeus

USDA Symbol: ASPY2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub , Shrub
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Oblanceolate , Obovate
Leaf Venation: Pinnate
Leaf Margin: Entire
Inflorescence: Axillary
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Up to about 20 inches tall.
Fruit: Berries yellow-green. 1 inch

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


Native Habitat: Sandy peat of pine-palmetto flats, savannas, low sandy fields, and low sand ridges.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FACU
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Asimina pygmea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Asimina pygmea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Asimina pygmea


Record Modified: 2023-06-12
Research By: DEW

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