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Narrowleaf Carolina Scalystem (Elytraria caroliniensis var. angustifolia)

Elytraria caroliniensis var. angustifolia
Photo courtesy of Nixon Smiley and Emily Magnaghi

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  • Global Rank: T2 - Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Fabaceae
  • State: FL
  • Nature Serve ID: 140256
  • Lifeform: Forb/herb
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 08/30/2021

Where is Narrowleaf Carolina Scalystem (Elytraria caroliniensis var. angustifolia) located in the wild?

States & Provinces:

Narrowleaf Carolina Scalystem can be found in Florida

Which CPC Partners conserve Narrowleaf Carolina Scalystem (Elytraria caroliniensis var. angustifolia)?

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Conservation Actions

Nicholas Matsumoto
  • 09/18/2023
  • Seed Collection

In 2023 the Fairchild conservation team focused on seed bulking the Narrowleaf Carolina scalystem (Elytraria caroliniensis var. angustifolia). After collecting seeds from Nixon-Smiley Pineland Environmentally Endangered Lands Preserve in 2021, the team had a disappointingly low harvest, but sowed several seeds to test viability.  The resulting plants were very active seed producers, and thus, the team has made an ongoing effort to bag the developed inflorescences before the seeds were dispersed. Even so, the Narrowleaf Carolina scalystem has been an active volunteer plant in adjacent pots. To date a total of around 1900 seeds from 5 maternal lines have been collected with more to come, and seedlings are frequently “saved” when they come up in neighboring pots for use in future restoration projects.

Tina Stanley
  • 05/11/2023
  • Orthodox Seed Banking

According to a March 2023 extract of the Florida Plant Rescue Database, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden holds 1 accessions of Elytraria caroliniensis var. angustifolia totalling approximately 2970 seeds representing 3 maternal lines.

Center for Plant Conservation
  • 08/30/2021
  • Orthodox Seed Banking

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden plans to make a conservation seed collection of this species in 2021 as part of CPC’s inaugural season of the Florida Plant Rescue seed collections initiative.

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Taxon Elytraria caroliniensis var. angustifolia
Authority (Fern.) Blake
Family Fabaceae
CPC Number 1589
ITIS 527871
Duration Perennial
Common Names Narrow-leaved Carolina Scalystem
Associated Scientific Names Elytraria caroliniensis var. angustifolia
State Rank
State State Rank
Florida S2
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