Saving the rarest of all the Lake Wales Ridge’s rare plants
The race to save Avon Park Harebells
Avon Park Harebells is perhaps the rarest plant on the Lake Wales Ridge. Known from only 3 wild populations, its persistence is threatened by its extraordinary narrow geographical range, ongoing human development, and its own biology (low seed production and germination). Archbold has researched the demography and pollination biology of the species, and led conservation efforts through translocations and establishment of a new population.
Major Findings & Impact
Our conservation efforts have led to the establishment of a new population of the species on protection property.
More about this project
Beatriz Pace-Aldana, The Nature Conservancy, Amy Faivre, Cedar Crest College
Data and Analysis Types
Demography, translocation, pollinators
Lake Wales Ridge
“Plants like Avon Park Harebells (Crotalaria avonensis) make other rare, endemic (only found in one area) plants seem common."