Ceanothus microphyllus

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Ceanothus microphyllus
Ceanothus microphyllus Gil.jpg
Photo by Gil Nelson
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Rhamnales
Family: Rhamnaceae
Genus: Ceanothus
Species: C. microphyllus
Binomial name
Ceanothus microphyllus
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Natural range of Ceanothus microphyllus from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Littleleaf buckbrush

Taxonomic notes

The specific epithet refers to the reduced leaves that are tiny rounded nubs.[1]


This species has been observed to have several main branches near the base.[2]


It is found in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. It is listed as vulnerable in Alabama and Georgia.[3]



This species has been found in open longleaf pine-wiregrass savannahs, ridges, slopes, and wetlands. It has been observed to grow in well-drained dry loamy sands in the uplands as well as mesic environments. Associated species include Pinus palustris and Aristida stricta.[2]


C. microphyllus has been observed flowering from March to May and also in July with peak inflorescence in April.[4]

Seed dispersal

This species is thought to be dispersed by ants and/or explosive dehiscence. [5]

Fire ecology

This species occurs in mature longleaf pine communities that are frequently burned.[2]

Conservation and management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. [[1]]. Native Florida Wildflowers. Accessed: April 12, 2016
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: June 2014. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, R. A. Norris, Andre F. Clewell, Robert K. Godfrey, Steve L. Orzell, R. Komarek and Helen Roth. States and Counties: Florida: Gadsden, Liberty, and Wakulla. Georgia: Decatur, Grady, and Thomas.
  3. [[2]]NatureServe. Accessed: April 12, 2016
  4. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. www.gilnelson.com/PanFlora/ Accessed: 7 DEC 2016
  5. 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 Unpublished database of seed dispersal mode of plants found in Coastal Plain longleaf pine-grasslands of the Jones Ecological Research Center, Georgia.