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Chrysopsis Floridana- Florida Golden Aster

Published on Nov 19, 2015

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Chrysopsis Floridana

Florida Golden Aster
Photo by bob in swamp

How many are left?

  • About 20 populations, with almost half
  • on conservation lands (Chafin 2000).
  • Over 1,000,000 individuals on 1 site

Where are they found?

  • It occurs in small areas of ancient dunes with nutrient-poor,
  • well-drained sandy soil on the west-central coast of Florida.

Why have they reached this list?

  • This species was listed as federally endangered in June of 1986
  • Much of this species' habitat has been eliminated
  • due to land development.

Their niche.

  • It is know that over-shading will result in a reduced population,
  • and will eventually wipe out C. floridana from the understory.
  • It has been found that C. floridana benefits from soil disturbance
  • such as an ant mound, rooting by armadillos, and gopher tortoise burrows.

The trees found growing within the sand pine scrub include sand pine, scrub live, bluejack, Chapman's and myrtle oaks. Tarflower, staggerbush, saw palmetto, pawpaw, and hog plum occur in the shrub layer. The herbaceous layer usually includes wireweed, blazing star, wiregrass, deer's tongue, queen's delight, prairie clover and several species of lichens (USFWS 1999).

Efforts to save them.

  • Successful reintroduction was carried out in Pinellas County.
  • The only limiting factor to reintroduction efforts is the lack of remaining suitable habitats.