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Lakela's Mint (Dicerandra immaculata var. savannarum)

Lakela's mint in flower Photo Credit: Cheryl Peterson
  • Global Rank: G1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: Federally Endangered
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • State: FL
  • Nature Serve ID: 159688
  • Lifeform: Forb/herb
  • Date Inducted in National Collection:

Where is Lakela's Mint (Dicerandra immaculata var. savannarum) located in the wild?

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Lakela's Mint can be found in Florida

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Conservation Actions

Hanna Rosner-Katz
  • 12/20/2023

Savannas Mint (Dicerandra immaculata var. savannarum) is a woody shrub that has only ever been known from one location in south St. Lucie County, Florida.  The sole natural population was extirpated in favor of a private residence.  Prior to its loss, however, Bok Tower Gardens collected seeds and cuttings from the population, and used hundreds of newly propagated clones and seedlings to introduce a new population onto protected, managed park lands.  This new population became self-sustaining and more than doubled in size.  However, in recent years, pine and oak overgrowth has begun to reduce available habitat and threaten the population.  In advance of a planned prescribed burn, which should greatly help improve the habitat, seeds were collected for ex situ germplasm preservation.  Dried seed pods from 50 maternal parent plants were collected in January and brought back to Bok Tower Gardens for cleaning, counting, sorting, drying to 25% RH.  Roughly half of the seeds were sent to NLGRP for cryogenic storage.

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

According to a March 2023 extract of the Florida Plant Rescue Database, Bok Tower Gardens holds 6 accessions of Dicerandra immaculata var. savannarum totalling approximately 60100 seeds.

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Taxon Dicerandra immaculata var. savannarum
Authority (Huck) D.B. Ward.
Family Lamiaceae
CPC Number 44853
ITIS 833947
Duration Perennial
Common Names spotless balm
Associated Scientific Names Dicerandra immaculata var. savannarum | Dicerandra frutescens ssp. savannarum
State Rank
State State Rank
Florida S1
Ecological Relationships

Lead Institution State Reintroduction Type Year of First Outplanting
Bok Tower Gardens Florida Reintroduction
Bok Tower Gardens Florida Reintroduction 2006

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