|Rugel's false pawpaw, Rugel's pawpaw, yellow squirrel-banana|
|(B.L. Robins.) Small|
|Dorothy M. Brazis|
The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
Bok Tower Gardens
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
The conservation of Deeringothamnus rugelii is fully sponsored.
Dorothy M. Brazis contributed to this Plant Profile.
This species is a low, deciduous woody shrub or subshrub that grows to 50 cm tall. The species has 1 to several arching stems that arise from a taproot. The alternate, leathery leaves are oblong, to oval or obovate from 1 to 7 cm long. This species is very small and easy to miss. Flowers are lemon yellow, fragrant, and ascend singly from the axils of the new shoot leaves. The number of fleshy petals ranges from 6 - 15. There are 10 - 20 stamens. The fruit is 3 - 6 cm long and turns yellow-green when ripe. Blooms from March to May (FNAI 2000; Coile 2000, NatureServe 2001; and Ward 1979).
Distribution & Occurrence
Deeringothamnus rugelii is native to wet slash-pine flatwoods consisting of grasses and sedges. (FNAI 2000)
|Rugels pawpaw is known from 29 sites, and about half of those are located on public lands. (FNAI 2000)|
Conservation, Ecology & Research
Helkowski (1997a, 1997b, 1998a, 1998b, 2000) has studied this species in reference to the effects of fire and other management techniques on its populations.
Control exotic vegetation since the species is easily shaded out by other shrubs in its habitat.
Map and survey the species to determine its current distribution, and keep a GIS database with the information.
Protect and enhance existing populations.
Conduct research on its life history characteristics.
Educate the public.
Prevent degradation of existing habitat.
Restore areas to suitable habitat.
Conduct habitat-level projects.
Monitor habitat/ecological processes.
Helkowski, J.; Norman, E.M. 1997. Effect of fire on an endangered Florida Plant, Deeringothamnus rugelii. Florida Scientist. 60: 118-123.