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Triplasis purpurea (Walt.) Chapm.
Purple sandgrass

Triplasis purpurea
Copyright by: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of Palm Beach
and Martin Counties, Florida website.

Family: Poaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Annual

Native Range: Eastern and central North America, Mexico and Central America.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Rare

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

Other data on Triplasis purpurea available from :

Triplasis purpurea has been found in the following 17 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Present Native
Cayo Costa State Park Present Native
County Line Scrub, Miami-Dade County Present Native
Crandon Park Present Native
Florida Atlantic University Ecological Site Present Native
Fort Lauderdale Ex. Airport Gopher Tortoise Preserve Present Native
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
Hobe Sound Sandhill Present Native
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Jonathan Dickinson State Park Present Native
Miramar Pineland Present Native
Rosemary Scrub Natural Area Present Native
Savannas Preserve State Park Present Native
Seabranch Preserve State Park Present Native
St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park Present Native
Tigertail Beach County Park Present Native
Yamato Scrub Natural Area Present Native

Triplasis purpurea has been found in the following 4 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Broward County Native
Collier County Native
Lee County Native
Martin County Native

Triplasis purpurea has been found in the following 5 habitats :
Beach Dune
Coastal Strand
Disturbed Upland
Scrub
Scrubby Flatwoods

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Triplasis purpurea
Copyright by: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of Palm Beach
and Martin Counties, Florida website.
Triplasis purpurea
Copyright by: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of Palm Beach
and Martin Counties, Florida website.
Triplasis purpurea
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley
Triplasis purpurea
Copyright by: George D. Gann
Crandon Park, Miami-Dade County, Florida, 2012