Distribution & Occurrence
The Rock Pineland area once extended continuously along the south Florida limestone ridge for approximately 105 kilometers. The limestone ridge is about 3-5 meters in height and consists of porous limestone known as Miami oolite (USFWS 1984a). Limestone weathering creates pockets on the surface allowing plants to take root (USFWS 1985). The surrounding natural area primarily consists of marshes and wet prairies (USFWS 1985).
|Approximately, 5000 individuals in 20 populations occur at perhaps 8-10 sites in the Coral Gables-South Miami-Perrine area (Lippencott 1990).|