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Callisia cordifolia (Sw.) E.S. Anderson & Woodson
Florida roseling

Family: Commelinaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Scattered in the southeastern United States (Florida, Georgia), the West Indies, southern Mexico, Central America and South America.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

Florida Natural Areas Inventory State Status: Not listed

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

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Possibly Extirpated

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Possibly Extirpated

South Florida History and Distribution: Recorded as Presumed Extirpated in Rare Plants of South Florida (Gann et al. 2002, pp 65-66), based on several scattered specimens collected bewteen 1895 and 1925. Rediscovered in 2002 at Crystal Lake Sand Pine Scrub Natural Area in Broward County by Patricia L. Howell (USF 550), and observed there through 2017 by Jimmy Lange and others, but not recently seen and possibly extirpated (J. Lange, email comm. 2022).

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

Comments: This is very similar to the introduced Callisia repens, but it has flowers in cymes on lateral branches, rather than sessile or sub-sessile flowers in dense clusters in the upper leaf axils. For images, click on the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants link below.

Other data on Callisia cordifolia available from :

Callisia cordifolia has been found in the following conservation area :
Occurrence Native Status
Crystal Lake Sand Pine Scrub Natural Area Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated

Callisia cordifolia has been found in the following 4 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Broward County Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Collier County Presumed Extirpated Presumed Extirpated
Lee County Presumed Extirpated Presumed Extirpated
Palm Beach County Presumed Extirpated Presumed Extirpated

Callisia cordifolia has been found in the following habitat :
Mesic Hammock