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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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APALACHICOLA FALSE ROSEMARY
Endemic to Florida
Endangered Florida species
U.S. Endangered species
A rare plant of sandhills, endemic to Liberty and Santa Rosa Counties.
This member of the mint family has linear, aromatic, evergreen leaves similar in appearance to the culinary rosemary herb. Apalachicola false rosemary grows to .8 meters (31-1/2in.) tall. The upper surface of the recurved leaves are hairless, the lower surface is covered with dense hairs only visible with magnification. Flowers arise from the leaf axils in groups of two or three. The petals are white to pale lavender-pink with a band of purple dots in the throat. Flowers are 1.2 - 2 cm (1/2 - 3/4 in.) long, sharply curved upward with a three-lobed lower lip. The main flowering season is March through June, with occasional flowering through December.
Research and conservation of Conradina glabra is being conducted as a cooperative effort of the Nature Conservancy, Bok Tower Gardens and the Center for Plant Conservation. These photos were taken at the Bok Tower Gardens endangered plant nursery in Polk County where the species is being propagated for protection and re-introduction programs.
Other species of the Conradina genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
View Conradina etonia - ETONIA FALSE ROSEMARY
View Conradina grandiflora - LARGEFLOWER FALSE ROSEMARY
View Conradina canescens - FALSE ROSEMARY
View Conradina cygniflora - FALSE ROSEMARY