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Tridens eragrostoides (Vasey
Love grass tridens
South Florida Status: Extirpated. Last collected in 1898 on Upper Matecumbe Key.
Taxonomy: Monocotyledon; Poaceae.
Habit: Perennial terrestrial herb.
Distribution: Native to South Florida, Cuba, Texas, and Mexico.
South Florida Distribution: Monroe County Keys.
South Florida Habitats: “Dry ground among shrubs” (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950).
Protection Status: Not listed by any agency.
Aids to Identification: Hitchcock & Chase (1950) has an illustration.
References: Small, 1933a; Hitchcock & Chase, 1950; Long & Lakela, 1976; Hall, 1978; Wunderlin, 1998.
Synonyms: Triodia eragrostoides Vasey & Scribn.
Historical Context: Love grass tridens was collected twice on the island of Key West, once by John Loomis Blodgett between 1838 and 1853 (s.n., NY), and once by Ferdinand Rugel in 1846 (117, USF). Charles L. Pollard and others collected it once on Upper Matecumbe Key in 1898 (147, US). No habitat data was provided for any of these collections.
Recommendations: · Consider introduction to Little Hamaca Park in Key West. · Consider restoring rockland hammocks on Key West and reintroducing love grass tridens. · Review for listing by FDACS and FNAI.