Conradina glabra

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Conradina glabra
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photo taken by Annie Schmidt
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Dicots
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Conradina
Species: C. glabra
Binomial name
Conradina glabra
Shinners
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Natural range of Conradina glabra from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Apalachicola rosemary

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: none

Varieties: none

Description

Densely branched, low shrub, less than 2.5 feet tall, with a strong minty odor. Leaves evergreen, opposite, needle-like; leaves in clusters, giving the branches a bushy look. Upper surface of leaves smooth and hairless; lower surface covered by densely matted but nearly invisible hairs (visible with magnification). Flowers usually in groups of 2 or 3. Flower 0.5 - 0.75 inches long, flower bent sharply upward, lower lip of flower threelobed, white to pale lavender-pink with a band of purple dots on the white throat. Calyx smooth or with a few short hairs.[1]

Distribution

Conradina glabra is endemic to the sandhills along the eastern shore of the Apalachicola River in Liberty county, Florida. Most populations occur on privately owned silvicultural land, the only population on public land is found at Torreya State Park.[2]

Ecology

Habitat

This species is endemic to the excessively drained sandhills east of the Apalachicola River in Liberty county, Florida. Many populations are found on privately owned land or pine plantations, the only public land with populations of C. glabra is Torreya State Park.[3][2]

Phenology

C. glabra has been observed flowering from February through July with peak inflorescence in March and April.[4] It fruits March through June.[3]

Fire ecology

Longleaf pine sandhill communities experience fire ever 1 to 10 years. Low-intensity fires have been observed to have a more positive effect on the survival of adult individuals than high intensity fires.[5]

Conservation and management

It is unclear of the historical range of C. glabra due to much of the land being converted to silviculture in the 1950s, before this species was discovered. Habitat modification as a result of logging, site preparation and conversion to silvicultural practices and fire suppression are the main threats to this species.[2]

Cultivation and restoration

In 1990, a study by Gordon, transplanted populations of C. glabra from private silviculture lands to the Nature Conservancy property in Bristol, Florida. Seedling establishment was found to be high in burned areas.[5]

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References and notes

  1. [[1]]Florida Natural Areas Inventory. Accessed: April 14, 2016
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 [[2]]Accessed: April 14, 2016
  3. 3.0 3.1 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: November 2015. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Robert K. Godfrey, N.C. Henderson, S.W. Leonard, Sidney McDaniel, Steve Orzell. States and Counties: Florida: Liberty. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
  4. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. www.gilnelson.com/PanFlora/ Accessed: 8 DEC 2016
  5. 5.0 5.1 Gordon, D. R. (1996). "Experimental translocation of the endangered shrub Apalachicola rosemary Conradina glabra to the Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve, Florida." Biological Conservation 77(1): 19-26.