Geobalanus oblongifolius

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Also known as Licania michauxii

Plant Specifics

Size:0.5 to 1 (3 rarely) ft.  Spreads by rhizomes to form large colonies.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:Yellow
Phenology:Evergreen in the southern part of its range; deciduous to the north. Typically blooms late spring-mid summer.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Groundcover in dry, sunny settings.  Can also make a good soil stabilizer.
Propagation:Divide or plant from seed. Said to be difficult to transplant from field-divided material, but nursery grown plants are much easier to establish.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Slightly acidic



 Fruits are eaten by small mammals and gopher tortoises. 


Butterflies including buckeyes, rattlebox moths, wasps, ants and bees use the flowers.  Bees are the primary pollinators. Documented bees include  Colletes sp. A, Agaposternon splendens, Augochlorella aurata, Augochloropsis metallica, A. sumptuosa, Dialictus nyinphalis, Sphecodes heraclei, Megachile brevispseudobrevis, Epeoluszonatus and Apis inellifera (Deyrup et al. 2002)

Native Habitats:Scrub, scrubby flatwoods, sandhill, dry secondary woods. Pine rocklands.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Fruits are edible but the animals usually get them first.
General Comments:High tolerance for salt spray (IFAS).