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Cyperus lentiginosus Millsp. & Chase
Latin American flatsedge

Family: Cyperaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Southern United States (Florida?, Texas?), Greater Antilles (Cuba), Mexico (Tamaulipas, Yucatan peninsula, Chiapas), northern Central America (Belize Guatemala).

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Presumed Extirpated or Extinct in the Wild

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Presumed Extirpated

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Assumed to be Native

South Florida History and Distribution: Collected twice between 1838-1853 by John Loomis Blodgett: once in Key West (s.n. GH) and once in "Florida" (s.n. US). Although treated previously by us as nonnative, this could easily have been within historical range.

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

Comments: For an illustration, visit the Flora of North America website. For a specimen image, visit the New York Botanical Garden Virtual Herbarium.

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Cyperus lentiginosus has been found in the following county :
Occurrence Native Status
Monroe County (Keys) Presumed Extirpated Not Native, Naturalized

Cyperus lentiginosus has been found in the following habitat :
Disturbed Upland