Polygonum dentoceras

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Polygonum dentoceras
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Polygonella myriophylla shown, synonym of Polygonum dentoceras Photo by Wayne Matchett, SpaceCoastWildflowers.com
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Polygonum
Species: P. dentoceras
Binomial name
Polygonum dentoceras
(Small) Horton
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Natural range of Polygonum dentoceras from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common names: Sandlace, Small's jointweed

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Polygonella myriophylla (Small) Horton; Dentoceras myriophylla Small


A description of Polygonum dentoceras is provided in The Flora of North America.


It is endemic to the ridges of central Florida.[1]



It is found in the dry sands of Florida rosemary scrubs in central Florida.[2] It is a gap specialist and has allelopathic properties, specifically to grasses.[3]


Reproduces sexually and asexually.[4] Fruits and flowers all year.[1]

Seed bank and germination

It is an obligate seeder.[5]

Fire ecology

It is believed that P. dentoceras is not dependent on fire, however only depends on sufficient gaps.[4] It demonstrates allelopathic capabilities that may create suitable conditions and maintain enough bare sand needed. It does not resprout after fire, Weekley and Menges (2003) observed that two years postburn, P. dentoceras had not recolonized most plots. This is an obligate seeder and will recolonize from seeds after time.


Polygonum dentoceras was observed at the Archbold Biological Station to host sweat bees from the Halictidae family such as Lasioglossum placidensis, wasps from the Leucospididae family such as Leucospis robertsoni, thread-waisted wasps from the Sphecidae family such as Bembecinus nanus floridanus, Cerceris blakei and Tachytes pepticus, and wasps from the Vespidae family such as Leptochilus krombeini and Stenodynerus beameri.[6] Additionally, P. dentoceras has been observed to host ground-nesting bees such as Andrena nigrocaerulea, aphids such as Aphis sp. (family Aphididae), bees from the Apidae family such as Bombus impatiens and Trigona spinipes, plasterer bees from the Colletidae family such as Colletes speculiferus, leaf-footed bugs from the Coreidae family such as Leptoglossus phyllopus, planthoppers from the Dictyopharidae family such as Scolops sulcipes, sweat bees from the Halictidae family such as Augochlora pura, Augochloropsis metallica and Lasioglossum pilosum, and plant bugs from the Miridae family such as Lygus lineolaris.[7]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

There are fewer than 150 populations of P. dentoceras remaining on the Lake Wales Ridge. The ridge is quickly being converted to urban and agricultural areas. This species requires a large-scale natural disturbance, such as fire, to maintain gaps in the scrub to allow for germination.[1]



Cultural use

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References and notes

Deyrup, M.A. and N.D. 2015. Database of observations of Hymenoptera visitations to flowers of plants on Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 [[1]] Florida Natural Areas Inventory. Accessed: February 24, 2016
  2. Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: February 2016. Collectors: L.J. Brass, D. Burch, George R. Cooley, Chas. C. Deam, Robert K. Godfrey, O. Lakela, Robert Kral, S.W. Leonard, John K. Small, D.B. Ward, Kenneth A. Wilson, Carrol E. Wood. States and Counties: Florida: DeSoto, Highlands, Polk. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
  3. Weidenhamer, J. D., D. C. Hartnett, et al. (1989). "Density-Dependent Phytotoxicity: Distinguishing Resource Competition and Allelopathic Interference in Plants." Journal of Applied Ecology 26(2): 613-624.
  4. 4.0 4.1 [[2]]Accessed: February 24, 2016
  5. Weekley, C. W. and E. S. Menges (2003). "Species and Vegetation Responses to Prescribed Fire in a Long-Unburned, Endemic-Rich Lake Wales Ridge Scrub." The Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 130(4): 265-282.
  6. Deyrup, M.A. and N.D. 2015. Database of observations of Hymenoptera visitations to flowers of plants on Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA.
  7. Discoverlife.org [3]