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Devil's Shoestring (Tephrosia angustissima var. angustissima)

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  • Global Rank: G1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Fabaceae
  • State: FL
  • Nature Serve ID: 155813
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 08/23/2022

Tephrosia angustissima, also known as narrow leaf hoary pea is a perennial herb with arching stems, 8-32 inches long and 11-17 small (0.6-1.6) leaflets. It has tiny white to dark pink flowers and oblong, flat fruit pods about 1.2 - 1.6 inches long. Narrowleaf hoarypea lived in the pine rocklands of Dade County, FL but has not been seen in decades and is thought to be extinct.

Where is Devil's Shoestring (Tephrosia angustissima var. angustissima) located in the wild?

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Devil's Shoestring can be found in Florida

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Conservation Actions

Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

Known from south Florida and from Cuba. This species was once fairly frequent in Dade County, Florida, but it has not been seen there since the late 1800s. Its abundance in Cuba is unknown.

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Taxon Tephrosia angustissima var. angustissima
Authority Shuttlw. ex Chapman
Family Fabaceae
CPC Number 4206
ITIS 26983
Common Names devil's shoestring | narrowleaf hoarypea
Associated Scientific Names Tephrosia purpurea | Cracca angustissima | Tephrosia angustissima var. angustissima | Tephrosia angustissima
State Rank
State State Rank
Florida S1
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