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Longstalked-stopper
Mosiera longipes
Myrtaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Accent shrub.
Availability:
Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.
Description:
Medium to large shrub or rarely a small tree with wide-spreading branches. Trunks usually very short. Bark gray. Leaves shiny, light green above, about 1 inch long.
Dimensions:
Typically about 3-6 feet in height, but sometimes more. Almost always broader than tall.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Monroe County Keys and Miami-Dade County; West Indies. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to Big Pine Key and nearby islands; apparently never collected on the island of Key West. For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map, visit the Exploring Florida website.
Habitats:
Pine rocklands and rockland hammocks.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained 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:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
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.
Flower Color:
White to pink.
Flower Characteristics:
Semi-showy.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Fruit:
Round black berry.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from de-pulped seed.
Comments:
It is listed as threatened by the state of Florida.


 


Roger L. Hammer
Keith A. Bradley
Don & Joyce Gann
Shirley Denton