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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Cardiospermum halicacabum L. var. halicacabum
Balloonvine, Love-in-a-puff

Cardiospermum halicacabum
Copyright by: plantillustrations.org (public domain)
originally published in Bonelli, Giorgio, Hortus Romanus juxta Systema Tournefortianum, vol. 7: t. 67 (1783-1816)

Family: Sapindaceae

Group: Dicot

Native Range: The West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Reported

Comments: Reports of C. halicacabum from South Florida may all represent misidentifications of C. corindum or C. microcarpum. For an image and more information, visit the Flora of the West Indies or click on the USDA PLANTS link below.

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Recorded as Present in Error

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small, but this name was misapplied to plants of C. corindum.  Numerous other reports of C. halicacabum in the Florida Keys have been made, but we believe these also represent misidentifications of C. corindum.

Other data on Cardiospermum halicacabum var. halicacabum available from :


Cardiospermum halicacabum var. halicacabum has been reported from the following 6 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys Section Recorded as Present in Error
Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge Recorded as Present in Error
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Recorded as Present in Error
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Recorded as Present in Error
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park Recorded as Present in Error
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park Recorded as Present in Error






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Cardiospermum halicacabum
Copyright by: plantillustrations.org (public domain)
originally published in Bonelli, Giorgio, Hortus Romanus juxta Systema Tournefortianum, vol. 7: t. 67 (1783-1816)