There are 43 known extant occurrences, many of which are vulnerable to habitat destruction.
Loss of habitat through development, trampling, fire suppression.
43 known extant occurrences (NatureServe 2001). New populations have been found in NC and recorded from seven counties in Georgia.
North Carolina Botanical Garden has had some success with seed germination, but it has been sporadic and seedlings have been extremely slow growing.
Stylisma pickeringii var. pattersonii is a rare species in Illinois. Extensive research has been performed on this species by individuals from Eastern Illinois University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (Donnelly et al. 2001; Heisler et al. 2000, 1999; Kerber 2000; Sojka et al. 1999; Todd et al. 2000, 2001a, 2001b, 2002)
Many populations occur in managed sandhills that presently receive regular prescribed burns. However, there are a significant number of roadside and other populations that lack a current management strategy (Bert Pittman, SC Natural Heritage Trust Program, pers. comm.).
Researchers in NJ report that prescribed burns destroyed populations in their state (TNC 1993).
Roadside population management, pollination and germination biology, population genetic work, specific habitat requirements, importance of fire and disturbance (in terms of season, intensity, and frequency), biological monitoring program, surveys and inventories of existing populations (TNC 1993).
Germplasm collection from populations not represented in collection and further propagation work.
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