Regularity: Regularly occurring
Global Range: Manatee, Sarasota, Charlottee, Lee, Collier, Dade, Hendry, Okeechobee, Glades, and Desoto Counties, Florida.
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).
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.
Comments: Mucky or sandy-peat muck soils of pond margins, ditch banks, and edges of cypress depressions (Kral 1983).
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).
Life History and Behavior
Distyly and tristyly occur in genus.
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: N2 - Imperiled
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.
Comments: Drainage, canopy closure, and lack of fire all threaten the habitat of this species.
Names and Taxonomy
Comments: Only southeastern lythrum with creeping-stoloniferous habit.
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