Endemic to South Florida in Collier County.
Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida
NatureServe Global Status:
State of Florida Status:
Florida Natural Areas Inventory State Status:
Possibly Extirpated or Extinct
IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status:
Presumed Extirpated or Extinct in the Wild
SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence:
SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status:
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:
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.