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Selenicereus pteranthus (Link ex A. Dietr.) Britton & Rose
Snake cactus, Princess-of-the-night

Selenicereus pteranthus
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Family: Cactaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Vine

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Mexico and possibly Central America; cultivated and often naturalizing elsewhere.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Other data on Selenicereus pteranthus available from :

Selenicereus pteranthus has been found in the following 18 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Cayo Costa State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Deering Estate at Cutler Present Not Native, Naturalized
Estero Bay Preserve State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Everglades National Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Frenchman's Forest Natural Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Fuchs Hammock Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge Present Not Native, Naturalized
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge Present Not Native, Naturalized
Koreshan State Historic Site Present Not Native, Naturalized
Lake San Pedro Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center Present Not Native, Naturalized
Picayune Strand State Forest Present Not Native, Naturalized
Savannas Preserve State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Simpson Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park Possibly Extirpated Not Native, Naturalized

Selenicereus pteranthus has been found in the following 4 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Collier County Not Native, Naturalized
Lee County Not Native, Naturalized
Martin County Not Native, Naturalized
Monroe County (Keys) Not Native, Naturalized

Selenicereus pteranthus has been found in the following 2 habitats :
Disturbed Upland
Rockland Hammock

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Selenicereus pteranthus
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley
Selenicereus pteranthus
Copyright by: George D. Gann