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Lechea lakelae Wilbur
Lakela’s pinweed

Lechea lakelae
Copyright by: USF Herbarium (Lakela 30953).

Family: Cistaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Endemic to South Florida in Collier County.

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NatureServe Global Status: Possibly Extinct

State of Florida Status: Endangered

Florida Natural Areas Inventory State Status: Possibly Extirpated or Extinct

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Presumed Extirpated or Extinct in the Wild

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Presumed Extirpated

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

South Florida History and Distribution: An endemic perennial terrestrial herb known with certainty only from Marco Island, and last collected there in 1987 (Richardson s.n. USF). This was also reported as possibly being present on the mainland including Broward County (see Gann et al. 2002), and should continue to be searched for there. It is similar to Lechea torreyi, except the capsules, stem, and leaves are completely glabrous, rather than appressed pilose, and the capsules slightly exceed the inner sepals at maturity, rather than being slightly shorter or equal to them.

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

Comments: Ranked as possibly extirpated in the wild in Rare Plants of South Florida (Gann et al. 2002, page 151), but not rediscovered despite intensive surveys (Wilder & Roche 2009; G. Wilder, email communication 2016). Re-ranked as presumed extirpated in August, 2016.

Other data on Lechea lakelae available from :

Lechea lakelae has been found in the following conservation area :
Occurrence Native Status
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Reported

Lechea lakelae has been found in the following county :
Occurrence Native Status
Collier County Presumed Extirpated Presumed Extirpated

Lechea lakelae has been found in the following 2 habitats :
Scrub
Scrubby Flatwoods

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Lechea lakelae
Copyright by: USF Herbarium (Lakela 30953).