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Cuphea aspera

Cuphea aspera Chapm.

Florida Waxweed, Tropical Waxweed

Lythraceae (Loosestrife family)

Synonym(s): Parsonsia lythroides


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


Native Distribution: Known in North America only in Florida where it is listed as endangered.
Native Habitat: Open, wet pine flatwoods and prairies, open areas in flatwoods.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FACW
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 42 - Florida Natural Areas Inventory Field Guides (2001) Florida Natural Areas Inventory Field Guides
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2020-12-14
Research By: CBR

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