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Side view of a bigflower pawpaw bud and flower at end of twig. This pawpaw occurs only in Florida.
Asimina obovata is found in the sand pine scrub, coastal dunes, dry sand ridges and pine flatwoods of the central and northern peninsula of Florida.
Bigflower pawpaw can be a shrub or small tree growing to 3 meters or more. The flowers & fruit form at the terminous of stems and on short, red-pubescent lateral shoots. There are 3 sepals and 6 white or greenish white petals. The 3 inner petals have maroon corrugated bases. Flowers appear from March through May, opening after the emergence of the current season's leaves.
Another common name for this plant is flag pawpaw, a name that is also sometimes used for Asimina reticulata.
(Subject description from the artist's Wild Florida Photo website www.wildflphoto.com)
February 4th, 2016
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