Piriqueta cistoides

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Piriqueta cistoides
Piriqueta cistoides MMS.jpg
Photo taken by Michelle M. Smith
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Violales
Family: Passifloraceae
Genus: Piriqueta
Species: P. cistoides
Binomial name
Piriqueta cistoides
(L.) Griseb.
PIRI CIST dist.jpg
Natural range of Piriqueta cistoides from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Pitted stripeseed

Taxonomic notes

Synonym: Piriqueta cistoides ssp. cistoides


"Perennial herb, 1.5-5 dm tall, forming colonies by root sprouts, stem pubescence densely stellate, admixed with long, spreading trichomes. Leaves alternate, oblong to lanceolate, 2.5-5 cm long, 0.5 -1.7 cm wide, finely stellate pubescent on both surfaces with long trichomes on the midrib below, obtuse, rarely acute, base rounded to attenuate, sessile or petioles to 2 mm long. Inflorescence a terminal bracteate raceme; pedicels equaling or shorter than the peduncles. Calyx 5 parted, 5-8 mm long; petals 5, brilliant orange-yellow, 1.5-2 cm long; stamens 5, shorter than the petals; pistil 3- parted, stigmas brush-like capsule 3-valved, 1-celled, globose, 5-7 mm long. Seeds tan or blackish gray, obovate, 1.8-2 mm long, ribbed, arillate." [1]




Natural habitats include open upland pine woodland; well drained longleaf pineland; scattered on slopes and ridges in a longleaf pine forest; recently burned sandhill; and longleaf, wiregrass habitat. [2] It has also been documented to occur along powerline corridors. It has been observed to grow in drying loamy sand. [2] Associated species include longleaf pine and wiregrass. [2]


P. cistoides has been observed to bloom in August. [2] Kevin Robertson has observed this species flower within three months of burning. KMR

Seed dispersal

This species is thought to be dispersed by ants and/or explosive dehiscence. [3]


The following Hymenoptera families and species were observed visiting flowers of Piriqueta cistoides subsp. caroliniana at Archbold Biological Station: [4]

Halictidae: Augochlorella aurata, Augochloropsis metallica, Lasioglossum nymphalis

Conservation and management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. Radford, Albert E., Harry E. Ahles, and C. Ritchie Bell. Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas. 1964, 1968. The University of North Carolina Press. 709. Print.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: July 2015. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, R. A. Norris, Kevin Oakes, Robert K. Godfrey, R. Komarek, Cecil R Slaughter. States and Counties: Florida: Duval, Gadsden, Leon, Wakulla. Georgia: Grady, Thomas. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
  3. 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.
  4. Deyrup, M.A. and N.D. 2015. Database of observations of Hymenoptera visitations to flowers of plants on Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA.