Everglades Keys false buttonweed
Spermacoce neoterminalis
Rubiaceae


Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Small herbaceous wildflower.
Height:
About 12-18 inches in height. Erect or spreading and forming small patches as broad or broader than tall.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Endemic to South Florida from the Monroe County Keys north to Martin, Hendry and Collier counties. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key. Very rare or perhaps extirpated in Broward County.
Habitats:
Pinelands and prairies.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained limestone 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:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
White.
Flower Characteristics:
Semi-showy.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous capsule.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.
Comments:
It is listed as threatened by the state of Florida.


George D. Gann, 2015
In habitat, Long Pine Key, Everglades National Park, Florida
James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Miramar Pineland Natural Area,
Broward County, Florida
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James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Miramar Pineland Natural Area,
Broward County, Florida
James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Miramar Pineland Natural Area,
Broward County, Florida
James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Miramar Pineland Natural Area,
Broward County, Florida
James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Miramar Pineland Natural Area,
Broward County, Florida
James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Miramar Pineland Natural Area,
Broward County, Florida
Roger L. Hammer