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Pithecellobium unguis-cati (L.) Benth.
Cat’s-claw, Catclaw blackbead

Pithecellobium unguis-cati
Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Everglades National Park, Key Largo, Florida, 2013

Family: Fabaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Shrub

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Peninsular Florida, the West Indies, 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: Cultivated

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Pithecellobium unguis-cati has been found in the following 34 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Attwood Addition, Indian Key Historic State Park Present Native
Bahia Honda State Park Present Native, Cultivated Only
Barefoot Beach Preserve Present Native
Big Cypress National Preserve Present Native
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Biscayne National Park Present Native
Bocilla Preserve Present Native
Cape Romano - Ten Thousand Islands Aquatic Preserve Present Native
Cayo Costa State Park 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
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park 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
Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association tract A
Indian Key Historic State Park Present Native
J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Present Native
Key West National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
Kitchen Key
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park Present Native
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, Klopp Tract Present Native
Long Key State Park Present Native
Matanzas Pass Preserve Present Native
Mound Key Archaeological State Park Present Native
National Key Deer Refuge Present Native
Oleta River State Park Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Present Native
Snake Creek Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park Present Native

Pithecellobium unguis-cati has been found in the following 4 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Collier County Native
Lee County Native
Miami-Dade County Native
Monroe County (Keys) Native

Pithecellobium unguis-cati has been found in the following 6 habitats :
Coastal Berm
Coastal Grassland
Coastal Rock Barren
Coastal Strand
Rockland Hammock
Shell Mound

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Pithecellobium unguis-cati
Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Everglades National Park, Key Largo, Florida, 2013
Pithecellobium unguis-cati
Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Everglades National Park, Key Largo, Florida, 2013
Pithecellobium unguis-cati
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer
Pithecellobium unguis-cati
Copyright by: Shirley Denton
Pithecellobium unguis-cati
Copyright by: Shirley Denton
Pithecellobium unguis-cati
Copyright by: Shirley Denton