Wild Florida Photo - Schoenocaulon dubium - Florida feathershank

Schoenocaulon dubium

Florida feathershank

Florida native

Endemic to Florida

Volusia Co. FL 05/09/17
Volusia Co. FL 05/09/17
Volusia Co. FL 05/09/17

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An occasional wildflower of sandhills and scrub in the northern and central peninsula, plus Martin, Palm Beach and Broward Counties.
Florida feathershank has a single leafless scape and 4-7 narrow basal leaves growing from a bulb. The scape is topped with a spike of widely spaced tiny flowers. The overall height of the plant may be from 66-122cm (26 - 48 in.). The spike of the inflorescence can have from 55 to 220 individual flowers. Leaves are 14-75cm (5-1/2 to 29-1/2 in.) long and 1.5-3.5mm (1/16 to 1/8 in.) wide. Flowers are globular, with green tepals that are usually elliptic to narrowly ovate 2-3.5mm (~1/8 in.) long, fleshy with entire margins. Filaments are awl-shaped, purple and 1.5 times the tepal length. There are 6 stamens. The fruit is a capsule containing from two to nine seeds.


Schoenocaulon dubium is a member of the Melanthiaceae - Bunchflower family.

Date record last modified: Dec 06, 2018

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