Conservation Officers at Bok Tower Gardens (BTG) preserve Godfrey’s Butterwort in our National Collection. Pinguicula ionantha is a violet-flowered, carnivorous bladderwort and was not described as a distinct species until 1961. Considered a short-lived perennial, many die after a couple of years. This endemic species is found in the Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Liberty and Wakulla counties in the Florida Panhandle (USFWS 2009).
Typically, P. ionantha is found in seepage slopes, bogs, transition zones between flatwoods and cypress stringers, roadside ditches, and depressions in wet pine flatwoods and wet prairies. It is often in standing water (FNAI 2000). The species’ habitat is declining in extent and quality due to logging, drainage alteration, and lack of fire (NatureServe 2014). Lack of fire during the growing season is detrimental to much of the pineland and savannah flora associated with this species (Robbins and Myers: Platt et al. 1988).
BTG collects seeds from each population in the wild and brings them into cultivation for reintroduction in the event of native population destruction and for research purposes. These seed collections from native populations establish populations for study and act as seed sources for future reintroductions. We thank them for the work they do to preserve the violet butterwort, which is on the US federally listed threatened species.
Learn more about Godfrey’s butterwort in our National Collection.
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