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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Cenchrus gracillimus Nash
Slender sandbur

Cenchrus gracillimus
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Family: Poaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Southeastern United States and the West Indies.

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Rare

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

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FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Native

IRC FLORIDA KEYS Status: Critically Imperiled

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Not reported for the Florida Keys by John Kunkel Small in 1913. Reported in 1980 for the National Key Deer Refuge in the lower Florida Keys (Austin et al., 1980). We consider this native and extant only on Big Pine Key in the lower Florida Keys.

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Cenchrus gracillimus has been reported from the following 3 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Recorded as Present in Error
Little Hamaca Park A Doubtfull Record
National Key Deer Refuge Present Native




Cenchrus gracillimus has been reported for the following habitat in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Pine Rockland


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Cenchrus gracillimus
Copyright by: Shirley Denton