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Rivina humilis

ROUGEPLANT

BLOODBERRY

PIGEON BERRY

Florida native

 

A frequent plant of hammocks, coastal areas and disturbed sites throughout most of the peninsula from Alachua County south, plus Duval County. The range extends from Louisiana and Arkansas west into Arizona and also Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hawaii.
This herbaceous wildflower can be vine-like and sprawling, or more commonly shrub-like, with woody stems below. The tiny white to pinkish flowers are in racemes growing from the leaf axils. Lacking petals, the four narrowly linear sepals are separated by four stamens. The leaves are alternate, lanceolate to ovate-elliptic, tapering and often curving towards the apex. The mature fruit is a bright red berry.

 
Rivina humilis is a member of the Phytolaccaceae - Pokeweed family.
 

Native Florida Plants

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

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Native Florida Plants
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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