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Florida Keys noseburn
Tragia saxicola
Euphorbiaceae
 

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

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.

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: 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.


Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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