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Sandhill Rosemary

Ceratiola ericoides

Description:

Aka Florida-rosemary, is a species of shrub usually included in the plant family Ericaceae. The fruit is yellow. Sandhill rosemary releases a chemical into the soil that prevents the germination of its own seeds. Thus, the seeds remain in the soil and germinate only after the parent plant dies. This insures a sunny spot for the new plant. Like many scrub plants, Sandhill Rosemary is aromatic, as a result of volatile oils in the foliage that probably serve to protect the plant from being eaten by beach wildlife.

Habitat:

Spotted growing in sand. Oak/pine coastal scrub.

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Brian38
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Brian38

Orange Beach, Alabama, USA

Spotted on Jan 20, 2019
Submitted on Feb 12, 2019

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