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Tiny Polygala (Polygala smallii)

Polygala smallii in a Miami-Dade County preserve. Photo Credit: M. Fellows
  • Global Rank: G1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: Federally Endangered
  • Family: Polygalaceae
  • State: FL
  • Nature Serve ID: 150145
  • Lifeform: Forb/herb
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 04/04/1991

long-lived ephemeral erect biennial herb

Where is Tiny Polygala (Polygala smallii) located in the wild?


coastal pinelands, open sandy spots



States & Provinces:

Tiny Polygala can be found in Florida

Which CPC Partners conserve Tiny Polygala (Polygala smallii)?

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Conservation Actions

Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

Narrowly endemic to the southern portion of Florida's Atlantic Coastal Ridge. The Florida Natural Areas Inventory's database currently contains 10 occurrence records. This species is rapidly being destroyed by conversion of its habitat to commercial and residential developments.

  • 01/01/2010

main cause of decline is agricultural, commercial, residential, and recreational development fire exclusion exotics habitat loss

  • 01/01/2010

< 100 (varies) in 4 sites (Florida Power & Light, Burger King, Deering Estate, Pine Shore Park) 5 populations - 3 in county parks, 1 private

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Taxon Polygala smallii
Authority R.R. Sm. & Ward
Family Polygalaceae
CPC Number 3573
ITIS 29318
Duration Biennial
Common Names Tiny Polygala | tiny milkwort
Associated Scientific Names Polygala arenicola | Pylostachya arenicola | Polygala smallii
Distribution NA
State Rank
State State Rank
Florida S1
Ecological Relationships


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