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Asimina parviflora (Michx.) Dunal
Smallflower pawpaw, Small-flower pawpaw, Dwarf pawpaw
Synonyms: Orchidocarpum parviflorum
USDA Symbol: ASPA18
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Small-flower or dwarf pawpaw is a 6-8 ft. shrub. Its young shoots and leaves are covered with a rusty down, later becoming smooth. Thick, dark green leaves are heavily scented. Brownish-purple, six-petaled flowers are borne singly in leaf axils before leaf emergence. Cylindric, dark green or brown fruit.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Apr
AL , AR , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , SC , TX , VA Native Distribution:
Coastal plain pine forests from s.e. VA to FL & e. TX Native Habitat:
Dry, piney or oak woods; thickets USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Fertile, loose, acid soils.
Conditions Comments: Good understory plant.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Plants are easily grown from scarified/stratified seed. Increase by root cuttings, layering, or dormant transplanting. Seed Collection: Fruit
often drops from shrub
while still hard, green and sour. These fruits can be stored in single layers on trays until pulp begins to soften. Remove seeds and air dry before storing. Seed Treatment:
Follow scarification with a 60-90 day stratification at 41 degrees. Commercially Avail:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
- Austin, TX
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-MLE-17
Collected 2010-06-16 in Hardin County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2009-02-18
Research By: TWC Staff