Houstonia procumbens (J.F. Gmel.) Standl - Innocence

Houstonia procumbens plant

Family - Rubiaceae

Stems:

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Leaves:

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Inflorescence:

Houstonia procumbens inflorescence

Flowers:

Houstonia procumbens flowers

Flowering - February - April.

Habitat - Sandhills, dunes, flatwoods, hammocks, beach dunes.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This little species can be found in the southern counties of Alabama. The plant can be identified by its creeping stems and white flowers. The margins of the rounded leaves are ciliolate.
The genus name Houstonia is given in honor of Dr. William Houston (1695 - 1733). Houston was an English (Scottish) botanist who collect plants in Central America.
The species epithet procumbens derives from the Latin "procumben" meaning "prostrate, lying flat" referring to the growth habit of the plant.

Alabama Distribution:

Houstonia procumbens map

Photographs taken in the red hills region of southern Alabama, 2-26-05.


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