Beachstar
Remirea maritima
Cyperaceae


Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Found along the east coast on beach dunes in the pioneer zone in bare sand.
Availability:
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Description:
Small rhizomatous herbaceous sedge.
Height:
Typically 2-3 inches in height. Spreading from underground stems (rhizomes) with individual clumps emerging from bare sand.
Growth Rate:
Moderate to slow.
Range:
Miami-Dade County north along the east coast to Volusia County; West Indies, southern Mexico (Yucatan), Central America, South America and the Old World.
Habitats:
Beach dunes.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Pioneer; grows in unconsolidated substrate in direct salt wind and spray.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
White to yellowish.
Flower Characteristics:
Inconspicuous.
Flowering Season:
Summer-fall.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous achene.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Horticultural Notes:
Primarily grown from division. This is a difficult species to grow.
Comments:
It is listed as endangered by the state of Florida.


Roger L. Hammer
George D. Gann