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Mangrove rubbervine, Mangrovevine
Rhabdadenia biflora

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

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.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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.

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: George D. Gann

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