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Scrub Lupine (Lupinus aridorum)

scrub lupine
scrub lupine

Almost extinct, this pinkish lupine barely persists in a few small colonies on road shoulders and undeveloped lots in two widely disjunct areas: around Vineland and Windermere on the festering outskirts of Orlando in Orange County, and around Auburndale and Winter Haven in Polk County. This is perhaps the most endangered of the scrub endemics and may well go extinct within a few years. It has proven extremely dificult to grow in cultivation, usually falling victim to fungus and root rot. Plants in the wild seem to produce very few seeds and are susceptible to root rot and even late frosts.

The best place to see this Endangered Species is along the shoulder of Florida's Turnpike near its junction with I-4. It also may still occur at Turkey Lake Park and Lake Cain and Marsha Park, all in Orlando.


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