Asimina angustifolia

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Asimina angustifolia
Asimina angustifolia Gil.jpg
photo by Gil Nelson
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicotyledons
Order: Magnoliales
Family: Annonaceae
Genus: Asimina
Species: A. angustifolia
Binomial name
Asimina angustifolia
ASIM ANGU dist.jpg
Natural range of Asimina angustifolia from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Slimleaf pawpaw

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Asimina longifolia Kral var. longifolia; Asimina angustifolia; Pityothamnus angustifolius (Rafinesque) Small


A description of Asimina angustifolia is provided in The Flora of North America.


It is found in southeastern Georgia to central peninsular of Florida to the west towards the Suwannee River.[1]



Habitats include dry, well drained pinelands[1] and sandhills, flatwoods, and scrub habitats in partial shade.[2][3] Specifically it is found in frequently burned longleaf pine-wiregrass uplands (Ultisols) and longleaf wiregrass sandhills (Entisols) in north Florida and southern Georgia. Asimina angustifolia is predominately in the native groundcover with a statistical affinity in upland pinelands of South Georgia.[4] This species has also been found to be growing along roadsides.[3]

Associated species includes Phlox floridana, Stillingia sylvatica, Lactuca graminifolia, Stylosanthes biflora, Erigeron strigosa, Baptisia lanceolata, Hedyotis crassifolia, Pterocauloon undulatum, Asclepias humistrata, Quercus hemisphaerica and other.[3]


A. angustifolia flowers from spring to summer and has been observed to flower in January and May to July in north Florida.[2][5]

Kevin Robertson has observed this species flower within three months of burning. KMR

Seed dispersal

This species is thought to be dispersed by consumption by vertebrates. [6]

Fire ecology

This species has been seen in burned and fire excluded areas[3]. Resprouts and flowers within two months of burning. KMR

Diseases and parasites

Susceptible to leaf blotch, eye spot, and other fungal diseases.[7]

Conservation and management

It requires frequent fire and protection from soil disturbance.

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Weakley, Alan S. Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States: Working Draft of 21 May 2015. University of North Carolina Herbarium (NCU). PDF. 134.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wunderlin, Richard P. and Bruce F. Hansen. Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida. Third edition. 2011. University Press of Florida: Gainesville/Tallahassee/Tampa/Boca Raton/Pensacola/Orlando/Miami/Jacksonville/Ft. Myers. 258. Print.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: June 2014. Collectors: L. C. Anderson, R. K. Godfrey, R. Komarek, A. Schmidt, and Robert S. Blaisdell. States and Counties: Florida: Gadsden, Lafayette, Leon, and Wakulla. Georgia: Baker and Thomas.
  4. Ostertag, T.E., and K.M. Robertson. 2007. A comparison of native versus old-field vegetation in upland pinelands managed with frequent fire, South Georgia, USA. Pages 109–120 in R.E. Masters and K.E.M. Galley (eds.). Proceedings of the 23rd Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference: Fire in Grassland and Shrubland Ecosystems.
  5. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 7 DEC 2016
  6. Kirkman, L. Katherine. Unpublished database of seed dispersal mode of plants found in Coastal Plain longleaf pine-grasslands of the Jones Ecological Research Center, Georgia.
  7. [[1]]Garden Geek. Accessed: March 31, 2016