ⓘ Mitracarpus maxwelliae

                                     

ⓘ Mitracarpus maxwelliae

Mitracarpus maxwelliae is a rare species of flowering plant in the coffee family known by the common name Maxwells girdlepod. It is endemic to Puerto Rico, where it is known only from the Guanica Commonwealth Forest in Guanica. It grows in only one location in a coastal scrub forest and dwarf forest with limestone gravel substrates. Other plants in the habitat include Bucida buceras, Bursera simaruba, Exostema caribaeum, Coccoloba microstachya, Plumeria alba, and Pilosocereus royenii.

This is a small, dense, mound-forming shrub growing up to 20 centimeters in height. It has many four-angled branches are linear or lance-shaped leaves each 1 to 3 centimeters long. The inflorescence is a rounded head, tiny white flowers.

This is the Federal list of endangered species of the United States. There are less than 1.500 left. The species is under threat the construction and repair of roads, and its small population size makes it vulnerable to extinction.