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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.

Plant Map 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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