Polanisia tenuifolia

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Polanisia tenuifolia
Pola tenu.jpg
Photo by Pete Dunkelberg, Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Brassicales
Family: Cleomaceae
Genus: Polanisia
Species: P. tenuifolia
Binomial name
Polanisia tenuifolia
Torr. & A. Gray
Pola tenu dist.jpg
Natural range of Polanisia tenuifolia from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common names: Slenderleaf clammyweed, Pineland catchfly

Taxonomic notes

Synonym: Aldenella tenuifolia (Torrey & A. Gray) Greene


A description of Polanisia tenuifolia is provided in The Flora of North America.


It is a regional endemic found in the Florida panhandle to southeast Mississippi.[1]



Habitats of P. tenuifolia include longleaf pine/scrub oak ridges, sandhills, and dry pinelands.[1][2] Associated species include Balduina angustifolia, Licania michauxii, Conradina canescens, Opuntia humifusa, O. pusilla, Froelichia floridana, Cypersus retrosus, Stipulicida setacea, Polygonella gracilis, Diodia teres, Triplasis americana,and Heterotheca subaxillaris (UF Herbarium).


P. tenuifolia has been observed flowering in June and July.[3]

Seed dispersal

This species has vertically dangling pods called siliques, which open gradually dispenses seeds.[4]


The following Hymenoptera families and species were observed visiting flowers of Polanisia tenuifolia at Archbold Biological Station:[5]

Sweat bees from the family Halictidae: Augochloropsis metallica, Lasioglossum nymphalis

Leafcutting bees from the family Megachilidae: Dolichostelis louisae, Megachile brevis pseudobrevis

Thread-waisted wasps from the family Sphecidae: Cerceris blakei, Ectemnius rufipes ais, Tachysphex similis

Wasps from the family Vespidae: Leptochilus krombeini, Microdynerus monolobus, Stenodynerus histrionalis rufustus

Herbivory and toxicology

Polanisia tenuifolia produces glandular hairs which are believed to deter insect feeding and creeping.[4]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

Loss of habitat of dunes to vacation homes and resorts is threatening this species.[1]

Cultural use

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 [[1]]Encyclopedia of Life. Accessed: February 21, 2016
  2. Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: October 2015. Collectors: Angus Gholson Jr., Robert K. Godfrey. States and Counties: Florida: Liberty, Putnam. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
  3. 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: 12 DEC 2016
  4. 4.0 4.1 [[2]]Treasure Coast Natives. Accessed: February 21, 2016
  5. Deyrup, M.A. and N.D. 2015. Database of observations of Hymenoptera visitations to flowers of plants on Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA.