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Catopsis berteroniana (Schult. f.) Mez
Powdery strap airplant

Catopsis berteroniana
Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
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Family: Bromeliaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Epiphyte

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: South Florida, the West Indies, southern Mexico, Central America and northern South America.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

NatureServe Global Status: Secure

State of Florida Status: Endangered

Florida Natural Areas Inventory State Status: Critically Imperiled

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Critically Imperiled

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Comments: Previously ranked as imperiled in South Florida, in 2017 we have re-ranked this as critically imperiled due to declining populations in Miami-Dade County and Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Declines are due to habitat degradation in Miami-Dade County and predation of plants by the Mexican bromeliad weevil (Metamasius callizona) in the Fakahatchee. Also visit our Natives For Your Neighborhood website for more information and images.

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Catopsis berteroniana has been found in the following 10 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Big Cypress National Preserve Present Native
Camp Owaissa Bauer Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Castellow Hammock Park Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Doubtfully Present
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Reported
Deering Estate at Cutler Presumed Extirpated Presumed Extirpated
Everglades National Park Present Native
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park Present Native
Fuchs Hammock Preserve Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Picayune Strand State Forest Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated

Catopsis berteroniana has been found in the following 3 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Miami-Dade County Native
Monroe County (Keys) Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Monroe County (Mainland) Native

Catopsis berteroniana has been found in the following 5 habitats :
Bayhead
Coastal Berm
Pine Rockland
Rockland Hammock
Tidal Swamp

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Catopsis berteroniana
Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
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Catopsis berteroniana
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley
Catopsis berteroniana
Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2011
Cultivated plants, Belize
Catopsis berteroniana
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer
Catopsis berteroniana
Copyright by: Bruce Holst, 2008
In habitat, French Guiana