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Tropical Lily-thorn (Catesbaea melanocarpa)

  • Global Rank: G1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: Federally Endangered
  • Family: Rubiaceae
  • State: PR, VI
  • Nature Serve ID: 129921
  • Date Inducted in National Collection:

Where is Tropical Lily-thorn (Catesbaea melanocarpa) located in the wild?


dry, stoney thickets

States & Provinces:

Tropical Lily-thorn can be found in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Which CPC Partners conserve Tropical Lily-thorn (Catesbaea melanocarpa)?

CPC's Plant Sponsorship Program provides long term stewardship of rare plants in our National Collection. We are so grateful for all our donors who have made the Plant Sponsorship Program so successful. We are in the process of acknowledging all our wonderful plant sponsorship donors on our website. This is a work in progress and will be updated regularly.

Conservation Actions

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

According to a March 2023 extract of the Florida Plant Rescue Database, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden holds 1 accessions of Catesbaea melanocarpa totalling approximately 100 seeds representing 1 maternal lines.

Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

Catesbaea melanocarpa is known from only two populations with a total of about 25 individuals. Both of the locations are threatened by resort development plans and by hurricanes.

  • 01/01/2010

development low numbers fire close to oil refinery was proposed for golf course

  • 01/01/2010

4 individuals in 1 population 6 individuals in 1 population


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Taxon Catesbaea melanocarpa
Authority Krug & Urban
Family Rubiaceae
CPC Number 9879
ITIS 34956
Common Names Tropical Lily-thorn
Associated Scientific Names Catesbaea melanocarpa
State Rank
State State Rank
Puerto Rico
Virgin Islands
Ecological Relationships


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