Wild Florida Photo - Cakile edentula - American searocket
Cakile edentula var. harperi
An occasional plant of beach dunes and coastal strands on the Florida east coast from Duval to St. Lucie Counties. The range includes the Atlantic coast through Georgia and the Carolinas.
This erect to decumbent plant is an important dune stabilizer along the southern Atlantic coast. It is often one of the first plants to repopulate the dunes after severe beach erosion.
Tiny white to lavender four-petaled flowers appear from March through October. The petals of Cakile edentula
are less than 3mm wide. The leaves are usually fleshy with a sinuate (wavy) margin. The rocket-shaped fruits are cylindrical, 5-9mm (~1/4 in.) wide, 8-ribbed or four-angled, with a blunt or retuse (notched) tip. 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.
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Cakile edentula is a member of the Brassicaceae - Mustard family.
Other species of the Cakile genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
Cakile lanceolata - COASTAL SEAROCKET
Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants (Institute for Systemic Botany) profile for this species
USDA Plant Profile for this species
Date record last modified: May 02, 2017