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Catesbaea parviflora Sw.
Smallflower lilythorn

Catesbaea parviflora
Copyright by: Craig van der Heiden
in habitat, Big Pine Key, Florida 2014

Family: Rubiaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Shrub

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: South Florida and the West Indies.

NatureServe Global Status: Rare

State of Florida Status: Endangered

Florida Natural Areas Inventory State Status: Critically Imperiled

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Critically Imperiled

Map of South Florida Locations

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Native

IRC FLORIDA KEYS Status: Imperiled

Map of Florida Keys Locations

Florida Keys History and Distribution: First collected between 1838 and 1853 by John Loomis Blodgett on Big Pine Key.  Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for hammocks from the upper Keys to the lower Keys, but his definition of upper Keys included all islands south and west to West Summerland Key.  We consider this native and extant in the lower Keys.  For more information, see IRC's species account.

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Catesbaea parviflora has been reported from the following 2 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Bahia Honda State Park Present Native
National Key Deer Refuge Present Native




Catesbaea parviflora has been reported for the following 2 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Coastal Berm
Pine Rockland


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Catesbaea parviflora
Copyright by: Craig van der Heiden
in habitat, Big Pine Key, Florida 2014

Catesbaea parviflora
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Catesbaea parviflora
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Catesbaea parviflora
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Catesbaea parviflora
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Catesbaea parviflora
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley