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Jacquemontia curtisii

PINELAND CLUSTERVINE

PINELAND JACQUEMONTIA

Florida native

Endemic to Florida

Threatened Florida species
 

A rare vine of rock pinelands and limestone outcrops in prairies of Martin, Hendry, Collier, Miami-Dade and mainland Monroe Counties of south Florida.
The slightly funnel-shaped flowers are usually white, sometimes with a pinkish or violet tinge. The flowers have five spreading lobes and are from 1-1/2 to 2cm (5/8 - 3/4 in.) wide with five stamens and two stigmas. The outer sepals are rounded and glabrous or with tufts of trichomes at the apex. Vines are prostrate or erect, spreading and up to 1m (~3ft.) long. The leaves are alterante, elliptic or sometimes spatulate, 13-22mm (1/2-7/8in.) long and 6-9mm (1/4-3/8in.) wide.
The genus is named for the French botanist and explorer Victor Jacquemont (1801-1832). The species is named for Allan Hiram Curtiss (1845-1907) who explored and collected plants in Florida in the 1880's. His name was misspelled when the species was first described, so what would be an incorrect spelling is the proper scientific name by the rules of botanical nomenclature.

 
Jacquemontia curtisii is a member of the Convolvulaceae - Morning-glory family.
 

Native Florida Plants

  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.


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