Ernodea littoralis Sw.
Coughbush, Golden creeper
Rubiaceae (Madder Family)
Synonym(s): Ernodea angusta, Ernodea littoralis var. angusta
USDA Symbol: ERLI5
A vine-like shrub with a low stem and long, curving branches. The narrow, fleshy leaves are less than an inch long and are glossy green. They appear in clusters on branches growing from prostrate stems. Some of the leaves become partially or completely yellow. Small white and pink flowers are followed by a yellow fruit.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Native Distribution: S. FL coast
Native Habitat: High beach ridges; pinelands (var. angusta)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sterile, well-drained soil.
Conditions Comments: Drought resistant. Requires no special attention.
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Native Plant Nursery - Sanibel, FL
BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
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Research LiteratureReslit 979 - The genus Ernodea (Rubiaceae) in the Caribbean basin .2. Morphological analyses and systematics (1996) V. NegronOrtiz and R. J. Hickey
This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Ernodea littoralis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ernodea littoralis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ernodea littoralis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff