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Everglades Keys false buttonweed
Spermacoce neoterminalis
Rubiaceae
 

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Miramar Pineland Natural Area,
Broward County, Florida
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General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Small herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: About 12-18 inches in height. Erect or spreading and forming small patches as broad or broader than tall.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Endemic to South Florida from the Monroe County Keys north to Martin, Hendry and Collier counties. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key. Very rare or perhaps extirpated in Broward County.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Pinelands and prairies.

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: White.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy.

Flowering Season: All year.

Fruit: Inconspicuous capsule.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

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


Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Miramar Pineland Natural Area,
Broward County, Florida
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Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2015
In habitat, Long Pine Key, Everglades National Park, Florida

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Miramar Pineland Natural Area,
Broward County, Florida

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Miramar Pineland Natural Area,
Broward County, Florida

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Miramar Pineland Natural Area,
Broward County, Florida

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Miramar Pineland Natural Area,
Broward County, Florida

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Miramar Pineland Natural Area,
Broward County, Florida


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