The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
Bok Tower Gardens
The conservation of Conradina brevifolia is fully sponsored.
Dorothy M. Brazis contributed to this Plant Profile.
Short-leaved rosemary is one of five shrubby mints found in central Florida scrub habitat. This species is a short-lived, aromatic, perennial shrub that grows to 1 m in height. It has highly branched stems and leaves that are linear, 4-8 mm long, and fleshy. The larger leaves on well-developed flowering branches are 6 to 8.2 mm long and mostly shorter than the internodes. One to six beautiful lavender flowers arise from the leaf axils.
Distribution & Occurrence
C. brevifolia occurs on the Lake Wales Ridge in dry, white sand soils with scattered overstory of sand pine and scrub oak in clearings with other endemic shrubs and herb scrub vegetation. The shrub is protected on Lake Arbuckle State Forest and on land currently owned by The Nature Conservancy at Saddle Blanket Lakes. (USFWS 1999)
|Found in two counties at 30 sites whose combined areas total less than 2,000 ha. (USFWS 1999)|
Conservation, Ecology & Research
Bea Pace is monitoring this species at Saddle Blanket Preserve (TNC).
As a part of the Center for Plant Conservation, Bok Tower Gardens has established an ex situ population of the species on their grounds.
Map and survey current distribution and survey for additional populations.
Protect and enhance existing populations.
Research the basic biology and ecology, and management needs.
Restore and maintain scrub communities by restoring fire regimes.
Augment existing populations or conduct reintroductions.
Educate the public.
Control exotic vegetation and animals.
Maintain germplasm in long term storage.
Pace-Aldana, B.; Gordon, D.R.; Slapcinsky, J. 2000. Monitoring of short-leaved rosemary (Conradina brevifolia) at Saddleblanket Lakes Preserve. In: Gordon, D.R.; Slapcinsky, J.L., editors. Annual Research Report: A Compilation of Research Conducted or Sup