Copyright by: G.D. Gann 2020, Big Cypress National Preserve, Collier County, FL, USA
General Landscape Uses:
Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations; also wildflower and butterfly gardens. For the pine rocklands species, see Chiococca pinetorum.
Ecological Restoration Notes: This short vining form of Chiococcais relatively common in rockland hammocks in the Florida Keys, and in thickets and hammock edges in the Big Cypress Swamp.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description: Woody groundcover or clambering vinelike shrub. Stems green or purplish. Leaves thick, stiff and shining.
Dimensions: A clambering shrub with arching stems 3-6 feet or sometimes more in length, climbing into other vegetation.
Growth Rate: Moderate.
Monroe County Keys north to Palm Beach and Charlotte counties; West Indies. In the Monroe County Keys, very rare or absent in the middle Keys. In SOuth Florida, very rare and scattered north of the Miami River and west of the Big Cypress Swamp.