According to a March 2023 extract of the Florida Plant Rescue Database, Bok Tower Gardens holds 6 accessions of Liatris provincialis totalling approximately 17373 seeds.
Studies on seeds in long-term storage. (NatureServe. 2001)
A species with a very small geographic range in the panhandle of Florida. This species' habitat has been destroyed by commercial development of coastal dunes and by the overgrowth of pines due to fire suppression.
Exclusion of fire, or other disturbance.
Development of the coastal areas.
Disturbance in the transition zones between flatwoods, scrub, and sandhills.
It has been reported that there are 54 known populations of Godfrey's blazing star, all in the Florida panhandle. Nineteen of these sites are on protected lands, located mostly in St. Mark's Wildlife Refuge. There have been some large populations found in clearcuts on private timber lands (FNAI 2000).
There are no research programs currently under way for Liatris provincialis.
The Nature Conservancy is managing a population at the John S. Phipps Preserve, where controlled burns are used to burn no more than 1/2 of the population at any time. The population is being monitored, and access to the area is restricted. Storm activity during the last several years has had a negative impact on this population (NatureServe 2001).
Further research on:
Pollination mechanics--is the species self fertile
Cause of low viability in seeds
Does. L. provincialis have a seed bank
Can it be transplanted
How long does it take the plant to reach reproductive maturity
To what extent do migratory butterfly populations depend on L. provincialis Should it be managed for the support of butterflies
Studies on seeds in long-term storage.
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