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Salvia micrantha Vahl
Blodgett''s sage, Yucatan sage
South Florida Status: Extirpated. Last collected in 1918 in southern Miami-Dade County.
Taxonomy: Dicotyledon; Lamiaceae.
Habit: Perennial terrestrial herb.
Distribution: Native to South Florida, the West Indies, and Central America.
South Florida Distribution: Collier, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties.
South Florida Habitats: Hammock edges and pinelands.
Protection Status: Listed as extirpated by FNAI.
Aids to Identification: There are ten species of Salvia in Florida. Wunderlin (1998) has a key.
References: Chapman, 1883; Small, 1933a; Epling, 1939; Long & Lakela, 1976; Avery & Loope, 1980a; Wunderlin, 1998; Liogier & Martorell, 2000.
Synonyms: S. blodgettii Chapm.; S. micrantha var. blodgettii (Chapm.) Epling.
Historical Context: Yucatan sage was collected first on the island of Key West by John Loomis Blodgett between 1838 and 1853 (s.n., US). Since then, it was collected numerous times throughout the Florida Keys from Loggerhead Key (Lansing 2481, F), in what is now Dry Tortugas National Park, to No Name Key in the lower Keys (Simpson 142, F; Pollard et al. 116, NY, US), to Elliott Key in what is now Biscayne National Park (Small and Mosier 5745, NY). John Kunkel Small and Charles A. Mosier collected the last Keys specimens in 1915 on Elliott Key (5745, NY), Key West (5982, NY), and Big Pine Key (6030, NY).
In 1896, Albert S. Hitchcock made the first collection on the Miami-Dade County mainland at Coconut Grove (1514, F). Small and Joel J. Carter also collected Yucatan sage in Miami-Dade County in pinelands and hammocks between Coconut Grove and Homestead. Their first collection was in 1903 in a pineland between Coconut Grove and Cutler (553, NY). Small and Carter also made a collection in what appears to be Brickell Hammock in 1913. Small made the last collection in South Florida in 1918 in the Redland area (8635, NY).
Joseph H. Simpson made a single collection in 1891 on Chokoloskee Island in Collier County (244, US), while Albert S. Hitchcock made a collection in 1899 from the Town of Palm Beach (1513, F). Both of these collections were presumably made in hammocks.
Recommendations: · Consider reintroduction to Dry Tortugas National Park and Biscayne National Park. · Consider restoring rockland hammocks in the Brickell Hammock area and reintroducing Yucatan sage. · Consider restoring shell mound hammocks on or near Chokoloskee Island and reintroducing Yucatan sage. · Consider restoring maritime hammocks on the island of Palm Beach and reintroducing Yucatan sage. · Review for listing by FDACS. Review FNAI rank.