Biological Research Needs: A top priority research need is to determine Stylisma's habitat requirements, including the importance of fire (seasonal timing, intensity, and frequency) and disturbance (mechanical) on plant health and reproduction. There is also a need to determine under what conditions Stylisma pickeringii germinates, especially in natural and semi-natural plant communities and to answer specific questions regarding pollination ecology, genetic impoverishment, and genetic and ecological distinctiveness among populations throughout its range. Other studies should focus on what environmental factors other than fire exclusion may contribute to the limited distribution of the species (such as seed predation and fungal infection) (Prince 1992). Stylisma pickeringii's ability to colonize xeric disturbed areas such as the Fort Bragg drop zones and sandy roadsides makes it perhaps a valuable soil stabilization species. Researchers with the Soil Conservation Service may be interested in experimenting with this species, especially for the numerous erosion control projects on Fort Bragg. Propagators at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, are studying germination requirements for the species in both greenhouse and in situ test areas. No other research activities are known for the species.