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Yellowroot, Redgal, Mouse's pineapple
Morinda royoc
Rubiaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also butterfly gardens.
Availability:
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Description:
Vine or clambering shrub.
Dimensions:
Sprawling or clambering to 3-10 feet. Usually spreading and broader than tall and can form dense patches.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Monroe County Keys north along the coasts to Brevard and Hillsborough counties; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.
Habitats:
Hammocks and pinelands.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, with or without humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate to low; it prefers soils with organic content, but will still grow reasonably well in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.
Drought Tolerance:
Moderate to high; plants growing in extremely dry soils may die during extended periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Full sun to light shade or moderate shade.
Flower Color:
White.
Flower Characteristics:
Semi-showy.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Fruit:
Succulent yellow berrylike syncarp.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Nectar plant for Bahamian swallowtail (Heraclides andraemon), cassius blue (Leptotes cassius), Florida duskywing (Ephyriades brunneus), Florida white (Appias drusilla), giant swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes), great southern white (Ascia monuste phileta), gulf fritillary (Agraulis vanillae), hammock skipper (Polygonus leo), julia (Dryas iulia), large orange sulphur (Phoebis agarithe), mangrove skipper (Phocides pigmalion), southern broken-dash (Wallengrenia otho), Schaus' swallowtail (Heraclides aristodemus), tropical checkered-skipper (Pyrgus oileus), zestos skipper (Epargyreus zestos) and other butterflies.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.


 


George D. Gann
in habitat, Everglades National Park, Key Largo, Florida, 2013
Roger L. Hammer
Melissa E. Abdo
Kristen Finch
In habitat, Juno Dunes Natural Area, FL, 2013