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Gelsemium sempervirens (L.) W.T. Aiton
Yellow jessamine, Carolina jessamine

Gelsemium sempervirens
Copyright by: Chuck McCartney

Family: Loganiaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Vine

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Southeastern United States.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

South Florida History and Distribution: We have historically treated this as naturalized in South Florida from cultivated plants, but recent collections from Charlotte County by Alan Franck (1798 USF, 2957 USF) appear to be natural extensions of populations in DeSoto and Sarasota counties. However, plants collected in Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Martin County beginning in 1978 (e.g. Popenoe & Roberts 1140 FLAS) and plants collected in Palm Beach County in 2009 (Lietzky s.n. USF) appear to be naturalized from cultivated plants.

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

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Gelsemium sempervirens has been found in the following 5 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Cedar Point Environmental Park Present Native
Jackson Riverfront Pines Natural Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Jonathan Dickinson State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Prairie Creek Preserve Present Native
Prairie/Shell Creek -SWFWMD property Present Native

Gelsemium sempervirens has been found in the following 3 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Charlotte County Native
Martin County Not Native, Naturalized
Palm Beach County Not Native, Naturalized

Gelsemium sempervirens has been found in the following habitat :
Disturbed Upland

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Gelsemium sempervirens
Copyright by: Chuck McCartney
Gelsemium sempervirens
Copyright by: Forest & Kim Starr
Gelsemium sempervirens
Copyright by: Forest & Kim Starr