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Beachstar
Remirea maritima
Cyperaceae
 

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

General 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.

Dimensions: 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.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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.

Horticultural Notes: Primarily grown from division. This is a difficult species to grow.

Comments: It is listed as endangered by the state of Florida.


Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: George D. Gann


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