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Bahama sachsia
Sachsia polycephala
Asteraceae
 

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Ecological Restoration Notes: It can be used as one of many understory herbs in pine rocklands.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Small herb.

Dimensions: Basal rosette very short, to about 3 inches height; to 1 foot or more when in flower. Broader than tall except when in flower.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Monroe County Keys and Miami-Dade County; Bahamas. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Pine rocklands.

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: Lilac.

Flower Characteristics: Inconspicuous.

Flowering Season: Fall-spring.

Fruit: Inconspicuous achene.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

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


Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Michelle M. Smith, 2018
In habitat, Florida City Pineland, Miami-Dade County, FL

Copyright by: Michelle M. Smith, 2018
In habitat, Florida City Pineland, Miami-Dade County, FL

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer


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