Overview

Distribution

National Distribution

United States

Origin: Native

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Present

Confidence: Confident

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Global Range: Manatee, Sarasota, Charlottee, Lee, Collier, Dade, Hendry, Okeechobee, Glades, and Desoto Counties, Florida.

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Physical Description

Diagnostic Description

Lythrum flagellare may be characterized by its almost exclusively creeping-stoloniferous habit and by opposite leaves throughout with a lower leaf length/width ratio than any other southeastern species (2-3 times as long as broad) (Godfrey and Wooten, 1981; Kral, 1983).

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Type Information

Syntype for Lythrum flagellare Shuttlew. in Nieuwl.
Catalog Number: US 442240
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Botany
Verification Degree: Original publication and alleged type specimen examined
Preparation: Pressed specimen
Collector(s): S. M. Tracy
Year Collected: 1901
Locality: Braidentown., Florida, United States, North America
  • Syntype: Shuttleworth, R. J. 1914. Amer. Midl. Naturalist. 3: 268.
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Ecology

Habitat

Comments: Mucky or sandy-peat muck soils of pond margins, ditch banks, and edges of cypress depressions (Kral 1983).

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Population Biology

Number of Occurrences

Note: For many non-migratory species, occurrences are roughly equivalent to populations.

Estimated Number of Occurrences: 21 - 80

Comments: Estimate based on range and habitat (no occurrences have been mapped in Florida Natural Areas Inventory database as of 10/97).

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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Persistence: PERENNIAL

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Reproduction

Distyly and tristyly occur in genus.

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Conservation

Conservation Status

National NatureServe Conservation Status

United States

Rounded National Status Rank: N2 - Imperiled

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NatureServe Conservation Status

Rounded Global Status Rank: G2 - Imperiled

Reasons: Herbarium information indicates that this species is known from the westcentral portion of the Florida peninsula, but it has been reported infrequently within its range and much of its habitat has been destroyed by drainage.

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Threats

Comments: Drainage, canopy closure, and lack of fire all threaten the habitat of this species.

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Names and Taxonomy

Taxonomy

Comments: Only southeastern lythrum with creeping-stoloniferous habit.

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