Phlox floridana

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Phlox floridana
Phlox floridana Gil.jpg
Photo taken by Gil Nelson
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Solanales
Family: Polemoniaceae
Genus: Phlox
Species: P. floridana
Binomial name
Phlox floridana
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Natural range of Phlox floridana from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Florida phlox

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: none[1]

Varieties: none[1]





P. floridana has been documented to occur on a sandy ridge in a longleaf pine/scrub-oak woodland; pine/hardwood forest; open piney areas; sandy soil of open pine flatwoods; amongst grasses in a burned longleaf pine forest; along the edge of pine-oak-hickory woods; semi-boggy slope of longleaf pine savanna; and an annually burned pine savanna. It has been observed to grow on sandy roadsides, picnic areas, dry sand and gravel in an old field, cut and burned over pine flatwoods, and along a powerline corridor.[2] Soils observed include sand, dry sandy loam, drying loamy sand, and in shaded loose loamy sand.[2] Associated species include Pinus palustris, Tetragonotheca, Onosmodium, Pediomelum, Quercus laurifolia, Quercus margarettae, Quercus incana, Quercus laevis, Vaccinium arboreum, Vaccinium stamineum, Opuntia humifusa and Asclepias.[2]

Phlox floridana is an indicator species for the Clayhill Longleaf Woodlands community type as described in Carr et al. (2010).[3]


P. floridana has been observed flowering April through November with peak inflorescence in May[2][4]. It has been observed to resprout and flower within three months of being burned.[5]

Seed dispersal

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

Fire ecology

Populations of Phlox floridana have been known to persist through repeated annual burns.[7][8] It flowers within two months of burning in early summer. KMR

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Weakley, A.S. 2020. Flora of the Southeastern United States. Edition of 20 October 2020. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: July 2015. Collectors: Robert K. Godfrey, K. Craddock Burks, Loran C. Anderson, Michael Cartrett, Robert Doren, Robert Kral, Sidney McDaniel, C. Jackson, Andre F. Clewell, S. W. Leonard, W. W. Baker, Cecil R Slaughter, R.A. Norris, R. Komarek. States and Counties: Florida: Bay, Calhoun, Clay, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton. Georgia: Grady, Thomas. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
  3. Carr, S.C., K.M. Robertson, and R.K. Peet. 2010. A vegetation classification of fire-dependent pinelands of Florida. Castanea 75:153-189.
  4. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 12 DEC 2016
  5. Robertson, K.M. 2015. Personal observation at the Pebble Hill Fire Plots on Pebble Hill Plantation near Thomasville, Georgia.
  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. Robertson, K.M. Unpublished data collected from Pebble Hill Fire Plots, Pebble Hill Plantation, Thomasville, Georgia.
  8. Platt, W.J., R. Carter, G. Nelson, W. Baker, S. Hermann, J. Kane, L. Anderson, M. Smith, K. Robertson. 2021. Unpublished species list of Wade Tract old-growth longleaf pine savanna, Thomasville, Georgia.