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Citrus x aurantiifolia (Christm.) Swingle
Key lime

Citrus x aurantiifolia
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Family: Rutaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Tree

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Native to the Old World (Tropical Asia); widely cultivated and sometimes naturalized elsewhere.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

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Citrus x aurantiifolia has been found in the following 24 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Bahia Honda State Park Reported
Big Cypress National Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Biscayne National Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Camp Owaissa Bauer Present Not Native, Naturalized
Cayo Costa State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Collier-Seminole State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Present Not Native, Naturalized
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Assumed to be Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Deering Estate at Cutler Present Not Native, Naturalized
Dry Tortugas National Park Presumed Extirpated Not Native, Cultivated Only
Everglades National Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park Doubtfully Present
J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge Present Not Native, Naturalized
J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Koreshan State Historic Site Present Not Native, Naturalized
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Mound Key Archaeological State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
National Key Deer Refuge Possibly Extirpated Not Native, Naturalized
R. Hardy Matheson Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Rosemary Scrub Natural Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Rotenberger Wildlife Management Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge Present Not Native, Naturalized

Citrus x aurantiifolia has been found in the following 4 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Collier County Not Native, Naturalized
Lee County Not Native, Naturalized
Miami-Dade County Not Native, Naturalized
Monroe County (Keys) Not Native, Naturalized

Citrus x aurantiifolia has been found in the following 4 habitats :
Disturbed Upland
Maritime Hammock
Rockland Hammock
Shell Mound

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Citrus x aurantiifolia
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer