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Pisonia aculeata L.
Devil's claws, Pullback

Pisonia aculeata
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Family: Nyctaginaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Vine

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Peninsular Florida, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.

Map of Florida Locations

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Secure

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

Other data on Pisonia aculeata available from :

Pisonia aculeata has been found in the following 52 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Alice C. Wainwright Park Present Native
Attwood Addition, Indian Key Historic State Park Present Native
Big and Little George Hammocks Present Native
Big Cypress National Preserve Present Native
Bill Sadowski Park Present Native
Biscayne National Park Present Native
Camp Owaissa Bauer Present Native
Cape Romano - Ten Thousand Islands Aquatic Preserve Present Native
Castellow Hammock parcel 28 Present Native
Castellow Hammock parcel 31 Present Native
Castellow Hammock parcel 33 Present Native
Castellow Hammock Park Present Native
Cayo Costa State Park Present Native
Chernoff Hammock Present Native
Collier-Seminole State Park Present Native
Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Present Native
Deering Estate at Cutler Present Native
Dove Creek Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Estero Bay Preserve State Park Present Native
Everglades National Park Present Native
Fern Forest Nature Center Present Native
Fuchs Hammock Preserve Present Native
Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge Reported
Hattie Bauer Hammock Present Native
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Present Native
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Present Native
Key West National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park Present Native
Long Key State Park Present Native
Loveland Hammock Present Native
Matheson Hammock Park Present Native
Meissner Hammock Present Native
Mound Key Archaeological State Park Present Native
Muscara Present Native
National Key Deer Refuge Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Navy Wells Pineland #23 Present Native
Pine Island National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
Pine Island Ridge Natural Area Present Native
R. Hardy Matheson Preserve Present Native
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Present Native
Silver Palm Groves Present Native
Silver Palm Hammock Present Native
Simpson Park Present Native
Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
The Barnacle State Historic Park Present Native
Twin Rivers Present Native
Virginia Key Beach Park and Marine Stadium Present Native
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Present Native
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Yamato Scrub Natural Area Present Native

Pisonia aculeata has been found in the following 8 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Broward County Native
Collier County Native
Glades County Native
Lee County Native
Martin County Native
Miami-Dade County Native
Monroe County (Keys) Native
Monroe County (Mainland) Native

Pisonia aculeata has been found in the following 5 habitats :
Coastal Berm
Disturbed Upland
Maritime Hammock
Mesic Hammock
Rockland Hammock

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Pisonia aculeata
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer
Pisonia aculeata
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley
Pisonia aculeata
Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Everglades National Park, 2012