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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Catopsis berteroniana (Schult. f.) Mez
Powdery strap airplant

Catopsis berteroniana
Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
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Family: Bromeliaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Epiphyte

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: South Florida, the West Indies, southern Mexico, Central America and northern South America.

NatureServe Global Status: Secure

State of Florida Status: Endangered

Florida Natural Areas Inventory State Status: Critically Imperiled

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Critically Imperiled

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SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Comments: Previously ranked as imperiled in South Florida, in 2017 we have re-ranked this as critically imperiled due to declining populations in Miami-Dade County and Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Declines are due to habitat degradation in Miami-Dade County and predation of plants by the Mexican bromeliad weevil (Metamasius callizona) in the Fakahatchee. Also visit our Natives For Your Neighborhood website for more information and images.

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Possibly Extirpated

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Possibly Extirpated

IRC FLORIDA KEYS Status: Possibly Extirpated

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Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for hammocks in the lower Keys, where apparently extirpated.  Also reported for North Key Largo by Alexander (1973) and Kruer (1992).  We have not observed any plants, despite extensive fieldwork.

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Catopsis berteroniana has been reported from the following conservation area in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Reported




Catopsis berteroniana has been reported for the following habitat in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Rockland Hammock


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Catopsis berteroniana
Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
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Catopsis berteroniana
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Catopsis berteroniana
Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2011
Cultivated plants, Belize

Catopsis berteroniana
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Catopsis berteroniana
Copyright by: Bruce Holst, 2008
In habitat, French Guiana