CPC Plant Profile: Stingingbush
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Stingingbush (Malpighia infestissima)

  • Global Rank: G2 - Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Malpighiaceae
  • State: PR, VI
  • Nature Serve ID: 148568
  • Date Inducted in National Collection:

clonal stinging hairs

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Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

Distribution limited to various islands in the British and U.S. Virgin Islands (probably extirpated in Saint Croix), Puerto Rico, and an unconfirmed report from Cuba. Apparently rare throughout its range.

  • 01/01/2010

cut down because of stinging hairs, not affected by Hugo

  • 01/01/2010

ca 10 plants total (clonal) in 10 populations ca 200 plants (stems) on St. Croix and St. Thomas in 4 populations - not all are protected more now than 20 years ago, endemic to St. Croix, not on St. Thomas

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Taxon Malpighia infestissima
Authority L.C. Rich. ex Nied
Family Malpighiaceae
CPC Number 2789
ITIS 565292
Common Names Cowhage-cherry | Stingingbush
Associated Scientific Names Malpighia infestissima | Malpighia pallens | Malpighia thompsonii | Malpighia urens var. infestissima
Distribution NA
State Rank
State State Rank
Puerto Rico
Virgin Islands

coastal thickets, and inland dry thickets

Ecological Relationships

Common Name Name in Text Association Type Source InteractionID
Lead Institution State Reintroduction Type Year of First Outplanting

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