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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Cassytha filiformis L.
Lovevine, Devil’s gut

Cassytha filiformis
Copyright by: Egdomilia S. Gann, 20 Nov 2015
In habitat, Delray Beach, Florida. Enlarge

Family: Lauraceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Parasite

Habit: Vine

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Peninsular Florida, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Old World.

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Secure

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Native

IRC FLORIDA KEYS Status: Rare

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for sand dunes, hammocks and pinelands from the upper Keys to the lower Keys.  We consider this native and extant from the upper Keys to the lower Keys.

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Cassytha filiformis has been reported from the following 8 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Bahia Honda State Park Present Native
Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys Section Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Curry Hammock State Park Present Native
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Present Native
Little Torch Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Long Key State Park Present Native
National Key Deer Refuge Present Native
Snake Creek Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native




Cassytha filiformis has been reported for the following 4 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Disturbed Upland
Disturbed Wetland
Pine Rockland
Rockland Hammock


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Cassytha filiformis
Copyright by: Egdomilia S. Gann, 20 Nov 2015
In habitat, Delray Beach, Florida. Enlarge

Cassytha filiformis
Copyright by: Egdomilia S. Gann, 20 Nov 2015
In habitat, Delray Beach, Florida

Cassytha filiformis
Copyright by: Beryn Harty, 2015
In habitat, Cudjoe Key, Monroe County, Florida

Cassytha filiformis
Copyright by: Beryn Harty, 2015
In habitat, Cudjoe Key, Monroe County, Florida

Cassytha filiformis
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer