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Mangrove rubbervine, Mangrovevine
Rhabdadenia biflora
Apocynaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
High climbing or horizontal vine with very long stems.
Dimensions:
N/A; vine with stems 10 feet or more in length.
Growth Rate:
Moderate to fast.
Range:
Monroe County Keys north along the coasts to Brevard and Lee counties; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.
Habitats:
Tidal swamps and marshes.
Soils:
Wet, periodically inundated brackish soils, with 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:
Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.
Drought Tolerance:
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Full sun to light shade.
Flower Color:
White with a yellow throat.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Fruit:
Several-sided pod containing hairy wind dispersed seeds.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.
Comments:
The stems often creep along the ground for long distances before climbing up trees.


 


Roger L. Hammer
George D. Gann