|Photo by Wayne Matchett above is of Callisia ornata (accepted synonym), SpaceCoastWildflowers.com|
|Division:||Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants|
|Class:||Liliopsida – Monocotyledons|
(Small) G. Tucker
|Natural range of Cuthbertia ornata from USDA NRCS Plants Database.|
Common name: Florida scrub roseling
Synonyms: Callisia ornata (Small) G. Tucker; Tradescantia rosea Ventenat var. ornata (Small) E.S. Anderson & Woodson.
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. It can be identified by having thin, grass-like leaves along the stem and a flower scape that is held above the nearest leaves.
C. ornata is endemic to the Florida peninsula and can be found in sandhills, palmetto-wiregrass scrubs, sandscrub, oak scrub, and flatwoods. It is also found in disturbed areas such as sandy roadsides.
Flowers are pink, ephemeral, bisexual, and radially symmetrical (Lakela 1972); usually blooming late summer and early fall.
In late summer and early fall the ripened seeds can be found scattered below the parent.
Cuthbertia ornata was observed at the Archbold Biological Station to host sweat bees such as Augochlorella gratiosa (family Halictidae).
Conservation, cultivation, and restoration
References and notes
- 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.
- [Native Florida Wildflowers] Accessed December 3, 2015
- [Encyclopedia of Life] Accessed December 3, 2015
- Archbold Biological Station accessed using Southeastern Regional Network of Expertise and Collections (SERNEC) data portal. URL: http://sernecportal.org/portal/collections/index.php Last accessed: May 2021. Collectors: L.J. Brass and Vander Kloet. States and Counties: Florida: Highlands.
- Deyrup, M.A. 2015. Database of observations of Hymenoptera visitations to flowers of plants on Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA.