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Pineland Scurfpea (Orbexilum virgatum)

Orbexilum virgatum in flower at Julington Durbin Creek Preserve.

Photo Credit: Florida Wildflower Foundation
  • Global Rank: G1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Fabaceae
  • State: FL, GA
  • Nature Serve ID: 145044
  • Lifeform: Forb/herb
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 11/21/2022

Where is Pineland Scurfpea (Orbexilum virgatum) located in the wild?


Pine flatwoods and savannahs

States & Provinces:

Pineland Scurfpea can be found in Florida, Georgia

Which CPC Partners conserve Pineland Scurfpea (Orbexilum virgatum)?

CPC's Plant Sponsorship Program provides long term stewardship of rare plants in our National Collection. We are so grateful for all our donors who have made the Plant Sponsorship Program so successful. We are in the process of acknowledging all our wonderful plant sponsorship donors on our website. This is a work in progress and will be updated regularly.

Conservation Actions

Cheryl Peterson
  • 11/19/2022
  • Seed Collection Orthodox Seed Banking

Pineland leather-root, Orbexilum virgatum, is known only from southeast coastal Georgia and north Florida.  Most of the historically known locations have been lost due to habitat destruction. A member of the pea (Fabaceae) family, it is a perennial herb found in dry to moist pine savannas. In May 2022, Bok Tower Gardens surveyed Jennings State Park for flowering plants.  Seed collection bags were secured onto stalks with spent flowers on 12 plants.  In July, the seed bags were retrieved, and the seeds were cleaned and counted. A total of 173 seeds were collected across the maternal parents.  Although the number of maternal parents represented and the number of seeds collected were not enough to allow for duplication to store at two separate facilities, the seeds were dried down to 25% Rh, stored at -20°C in the National Collection at Bok Tower Gardens, fulfilling the goal of ex situ preservation for this species.

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Taxon Orbexilum virgatum
Authority (Nutt.) Rydb.
Family Fabaceae
CPC Number 46786
Duration Perennial
Common Names Pineland Scurfpea | Pineland leather-root
Associated Scientific Names Orbexilum virgatum
State Rank
State State Rank
Georgia SH
Florida S1
Ecological Relationships


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