Cuthbertia ornata

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Cuthbertia ornata
Call orn.jpg
Photo by Wayne Matchett above is of Callisia ornata (accepted synonym),
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Order: Commelinales
Family: Commelinaceae
Genus: Cuthbertia
Species: C. ornata
Binomial name
Cuthbertia ornata
(Small) G. Tucker
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Natural range of Cuthbertia ornata from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Florida scrub roseling

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Callisia ornata (Small) G. Tucker; Tradescantia rosea Ventenat var. ornata (Small) E.S. Anderson & Woodson.[1]

Varieties: none.[1]


A description of Cuthbertia ornata is provided in The Flora of North America.

C. ornata is an annual plant with linear blades and a stalk that can reach up to 12 inches high.[2][3] It can be identified by having thin, grass-like leaves along the stem and a flower scape that is held above the nearest leaves.[2]




C. ornata is endemic to the Florida peninsula and can be found in sandhills, palmetto-wiregrass scrubs, sandscrub, oak scrub, and flatwoods.[4] It is also found in disturbed areas such as sandy roadsides.[2][3]


Flowers are pink, ephemeral, bisexual, and radially symmetrical (Lakela 1972); usually blooming late summer and early fall.[2]

Seed dispersal

In late summer and early fall the ripened seeds can be found scattered below the parent.[2]


Cuthbertia ornata was observed at the Archbold Biological Station to host sweat bees such as Augochlorella gratiosa (family Halictidae).[5]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

Cultural use

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Weakley, A.S. 2015. Flora of the southern and mid-atlantic states. Working Draft of 21 May 2015. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 [Native Florida Wildflowers] Accessed December 3, 2015
  3. 3.0 3.1 [Encyclopedia of Life] Accessed December 3, 2015
  4. Archbold Biological Station accessed using Southeastern Regional Network of Expertise and Collections (SERNEC) data portal. URL: Last accessed: May 2021. Collectors: L.J. Brass and Vander Kloet. States and Counties: Florida: Highlands.
  5. Deyrup, M.A. 2015. Database of observations of Hymenoptera visitations to flowers of plants on Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA.