The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
Bok Tower Gardens
The conservation of Euphorbia telephioides is fully sponsored.
Nick Baker contributed to this Plant Profile.
Euphorbia telephioides is a perennial herb found only in Gulf, Franklin, and Bay counties, Florida in the Florida panhandle. It has numerous stems, giving it a bushy appearance, and flowers are reddish-green cup-like structures that appear from April through July. Fruit is a three-lobed capsules. (USFWS 1994; FNAI 2000)
All occurrences of this species are within four miles of the coast in an area that is under intense development. Several construction projects that threaten this habitat area have already been approved. (USFWS 1992)
Distribution & Occurrence
Found in wiregrass dominated longleaf pine savannahs, in the mesic flatwoods, and on low sand ridges of pine-scrub oak near the Gulf of Mexico. (FNAI 2000, NatureServe 2001)
|Occurs at 22 sites along the Gulf Coast in Bay, Gulf, and Franklin Counties from Panama City Beach to east of Apalachicola. A few of these sites are protected, but most occur on private timberlands and utility rights-of-way. (FNAI 2000, USFWS 1992)|
Conservation, Ecology & Research
This species is vulnerable to canopy closure due to fire suppression. (USFWS
Development and implementation of management and monitoring plans.
Bridges, E.L.; Orzell, S.L. 2002. Euphorbia (Euphorbiaceae) section Tithymalus subsection Inundatae in the southeastern United States. Lundellia. 59-78.
USFWS. 1990. Proposed threatened status for three Florida plants. Federal Register. 55, 243: 51936-51940.
USFWS. 1992. Threatened status for three Florida plants. Federal Register. 57, 90: 19813-19819.