Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub; Subshrub
Perennial
Dioecious

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA - SC

Uncommon

Look for it in xeric sandhills, usually in white "sugar sand", per Weakley's Flora

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...Dry

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate or whorled

FLOWER:
Fall
Unisexual
2 sepals
2 petals
2 exserted stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Fall
Red/Olive
Drupe

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Ceratiola ericoides   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ceratiola ericoides   FAMILY Empetraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 144-01-001:
Ceratiola ericoides   FAMILY Empetraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Florida Rosemary, Sandhill Rosemary, Sand Heath


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image of Ceratiola ericoides, Florida Rosemary, Sandhill Rosemary, Sand Heath

Will Stuart    wil_8457740049_97f169722f

January    Baldwin County    AL

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

Its content of aromatic compounds makes it very flammable, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Ceratiola ericoides, Florida Rosemary, Sandhill Rosemary, Sand Heath

Will Stuart    wil_8457740943_fe5bb11ea9

January    Baldwin County    AL

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

Leaves needlelike, appearing whorled, on upright hairy twigs, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

image of Ceratiola ericoides, Florida Rosemary, Sandhill Rosemary, Sand Heath

Alan Cressler    alc_2331753425_d1334266ee

March    Emanuel County    GA

Ohoopee Dunes Natural Area

image of Ceratiola ericoides, Florida Rosemary, Sandhill Rosemary, Sand Heath

Alan Cressler    alc_8663441011_ab1c4379a2

April    Richmond County    GA

Drupes red or olive, subglobose, 2-3mm in diameter, 2-seeded, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Ceratiola ericoides, Florida Rosemary, Sandhill Rosemary, Sand Heath

JK Marlow    jkm130406_893

April    Richmond County    GA

Fort Gordon

image of Ceratiola ericoides, Florida Rosemary, Sandhill Rosemary, Sand Heath

JK Marlow    jkm130406_908

April    Richmond County    GA

Fort Gordon

Young twigs gray, tomentose, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Ceratiola ericoides, Florida Rosemary, Sandhill Rosemary, Sand Heath

Alan Cressler    alc_6289931319_3f1ef42fe8

October    Emanuel County    GA

Ohoopee Dunes Natural Area

Reddish or yellowish flowers in axillary clusters of 2-3, in November, per Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast.

image of Ceratiola ericoides, Florida Rosemary, Sandhill Rosemary, Sand Heath

Alan Cressler    alc_6290448280_724c8933f8

October    Emanuel County    GA

Ohoopee Dunes Natural Area

Usually 1-2m in height with bushy, rounded habit and shreddy bark, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.