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Costus spicatus (Jacq.) Sw.
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Family: Costaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Shrub

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: The West Indies (not Jamaica); 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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Costus spicatus has been found in the following 12 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Big Cypress National Preserve Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Castellow Hammock parcel 33 Present Not Native, Naturalized
Coral Pines Park Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Deering Estate at Cutler Present Not Native, Naturalized
Dupuis Reserve Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Enchanted Forest Park Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Hattie Bauer Hammock Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Kendalwood Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
The Barnacle State Historic Park Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Tradewinds Park & Stables Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Twin Rivers Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Yamato Scrub Natural Area Present Not Native, Cultivated Only