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Catesbaea parviflora (Smallflower lilythorn)
Cressler, Alan

Catesbaea parviflora

Catesbaea parviflora Sw.

Smallflower Lilythorn, Dune Lilythorn

Rubiaceae (Madder Family)


USDA Symbol: CAPA43

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N)

Shrubs are covered with large thorns.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet in height.
Fruit: Striking white berries.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec


Native Distribution: Distribution limited to the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-05-15
Research By: SCB

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