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Piper aduncum L.
Spiked pepper, False matico, Higuillo de hoja menuda

Piper aduncum
Copyright by: Rasheed Bradley, 2015
Naturalized at Zoo Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA

Family: Piperaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Shrub

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: The West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.

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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Other data on Piper aduncum available from :

Piper aduncum has been found in the following 4 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Big Cypress National Preserve Possibly Extirpated Not Native, Naturalized
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Castellow Hammock Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
R. Hardy Matheson Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized

Piper aduncum has been found in the following 2 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Miami-Dade County Not Native, Naturalized
Monroe County (Mainland) Not Native, Naturalized

Piper aduncum has been found in the following 2 habitats :
Disturbed Upland
Rockland Hammock

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Piper aduncum
Copyright by: Rasheed Bradley, 2015
Naturalized at Zoo Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Piper aduncum
Copyright by: Keith J. Buttry, 2013
In habitat, central Belize
Piper aduncum
Copyright by: Keith J. Buttry, 2013
In habitat, central Belize
Piper aduncum
Copyright by: Keith J. Buttry, 2013
In habitat, central Belize