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Florida Milkvine (Matelea floridana)

Flowers of Matelea floridana photographed in Citrus County, Florida.

Photo Credit: Vida Svahnstrom
  • Global Rank: G2 - Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Apocynaceae
  • State: FL, GA
  • Nature Serve ID: 133682
  • Lifeform: Vine, Forb/herb
  • Date Inducted in National Collection:

Where is Florida Milkvine (Matelea floridana) located in the wild?

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Florida Milkvine can be found in Florida, Georgia

Which CPC Partners conserve Florida Milkvine (Matelea floridana)?

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Conservation Actions

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

According to a March 2023 extract of the Florida Plant Rescue Database, Bok Tower Gardens holds 1 accessions of Matelea floridana totalling approximately 75 seeds.

Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

Known from approx. 20 occurrences in central and northern peninsular Florida and from a few reports from the Florida panhandle and adjacent southwestern Georgia (only one locality known in Georgia). The species' habitat is threatened by development, successional pressure, and exotic plants. Fire may be needed to maintain the forest canopy gaps in which it thrives, but clearcutting would probably lead to its disappearance.

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Taxon Matelea floridana
Authority (Vail) Woods.
Family Apocynaceae
CPC Number 2812
ITIS 503701
Duration Perennial
Common Names Florida Milkvine
Associated Scientific Names Matelea floridana | Odontostephana floridana
State Rank
State State Rank
Florida S2
Georgia S1
Ecological Relationships


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