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Houstonia procumbens (Walter ex J.F. Gmelin) Standley. Creeping Bluet, Fairy-footprints, Roundleaf Bluet, Innocence. Phen: Oct-Apr. Hab: Beach dunes, moist to wet sandy pinelands and savannas, sandy firelanes. Dist: Se. NC south to s. FL, west to se. LA.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Other Comments: Gaddy & Rayner (1980) note that this plant is fairly common on SC barrier islands, but flowers in the winter and is easily overlooked in other seasons (when botanists are more likely to be afield). See Wilbur (1968) and Ward (2004c) for differing opinions about the merits of the taxonomic recognition of the glabrous and pubescent plants.

Synonymy: = Fl5, K1, K3, RAB, S, WH3, Terrell (1991), Terrell (1996); = Hedyotis procumbens (Walter ex J.F.Gmel.) Fosberg – Rogers (1987); = Houstonia rotundifolia Michx.; > Houstonia procumbens (Walter ex J.F.Gmel.) Standl. var. hirsuta (W.H.Lewis) D.B.Ward – Ward (2004c); > Houstonia procumbens (Walter ex J.F.Gmel.) Standl. var. procumbens – Ward (2004c)

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image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Houstonia procumbens, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, Panacea Unit, Wakulla County, Florida 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan M. Cressler | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Aidan Campos source | Original Image ⭷

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