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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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This is a common dune plant in most of coastal Florida. It is absent from the big bend area with the exception of Levy County. Searocket is found in coastal strands of most Gulf coast states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Coastal searocket is usually sprawling, with not particularly fleshy leaves. The four-petaled flowers are usually white, but can occasionally be lavender. Petals of C. lanceolata are 3-4.5mm (~1/8 - 3/16 in.) wide. The leaves may be entire, dentate or pinnatisect(deeply lobed in the pattern of a pinnate leaf). The rocket-shaped fruit is in two stages, with each containing at least one seed. The lower stage remains on the plant to reseed the area while the upper stage detaches and travels to seed new locations. The terminal segment, or upper stage is slenderly conical, usually with an acute apex.
This is one of the larval host plants of the Great Southern White butterfly.