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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Boerhavia erecta L.
Erect spiderling

Boerhavia erecta
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Family: Nyctaginaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Annual

Native Range: Southern and central United States, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Old World tropics.

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Rare

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SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

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FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Possibly Extirpated

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Assumed to be Native

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Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for disturbed sites and dry sandy places in Key West, as a native of tropical America. We consider this assumed native to the Florida Keys, but only as an ephemeral weed of disturbed sites.

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Boerhavia erecta has been reported from the following 3 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys Section Possibly Extirpated Assumed to be Native
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Possibly Extirpated Assumed to be Native
National Key Deer Refuge Possibly Extirpated Assumed to be Native




Boerhavia erecta has been reported for the following habitat in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Disturbed Upland


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Boerhavia erecta
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Boerhavia erecta
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley