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Pentalinon luteum



Florida native


This vine of south Florida pinelands, mangroves and coastal hammocks is also found in the West Indies.
The 5 cm (2 in.) wide trumpet shaped flowers usually bloom one at a time from April through September and can be axillary or terminal. Pentalinon luteum flowers have narrowly lanceolate calyx lobes and appendages on the tips of the anters that help differentiate this species from the similar Angadenia berteri. The glossy, revolute leaves are opposite, 2.5 - 7.6 cm (1 - 3 in.) long and 1.2 - 2.5 cm (1/2 - 1 in) wide. The vine grows up to about 3 meters (10 ft.) in length.
Like many members of the dogbane family, the leaves and flowers of this plant are poisonous and the sap can be an irritant to the eyes and skin.

Pentalinon luteum is a member of the Apocynaceae - Dogbane family.

Native Florida Plants

  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.

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