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Dyschoriste oblongifolia (Oblongleaf snakeherb)
Cressler, Alan

Dyschoriste oblongifolia

Dyschoriste oblongifolia (Michx.) Kuntze

Oblongleaf Snakeherb, Twin Flower

Acanthaceae (Acanthus Family)

Synonym(s): Ruellia oblongifolia

USDA Symbol: dyob

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The Twin Flower is a member of the acanthus family (family Acanthaceae) which includes herbs or shrubs with seeds borne on a characteristic hooked projection.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Lavender. Year round flowering in Florida, heaviest in May.


USA: AL , FL , GA , SC , VA

Mr. Smarty Plants says

Native ground cover to replace grass in Florida.
February 04, 2008
Where can I find a list of ground covers to replace my grass. I live in the south of Ocala Florida.
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Web Reference

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

Research Literature

Reslit 517 - Dyschoriste oblongifolia Twinflower (2007) E. F. Gilman
Reslit 750 - Ground cover recovery patterns and life-history traits: implications for restoration obstacles and opportunities in a species-rich savanna (2004) L. K. Kirkman, K. L. Coffey, R. J. Mitchell and E....
Reslit 2427 - A Vegetation Classification of Fire-Dependent Pinelands of Florida (2010) Susan C. Carr, Kevin M. Robertson and Robert K. Pe...

This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-03-02
Research By: TWC Staff

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