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Florida Keys noseburn
Tragia saxicola
Euphorbiaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Small herb.
Dimensions:
About 2-8 inches in height. Spreading and forming small clumps about as broad as tall.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Endemic to the Monroe County Keys and Miami-Dade County. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key. In Miami-Dade County, native to the Miami Rock Ridge from Long Pine Key in Everglades National Park northeast to the Miami River.
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:
Green.
Flower Characteristics:
Inconspicuous.
Flowering Season:
Spring-summer.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous capsule.
Comments:
Hairs on leaves and stems are irritating to the touch. It is listed as threatened by the state of Florida.


 


Roger L. Hammer
Shirley Denton