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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Citrus x aurantiifolia (Christm.) Swingle
Key lime

Citrus x aurantiifolia
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Family: Rutaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Tree

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Native to the Old World (Tropical Asia); widely cultivated and sometimes naturalized elsewhere.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1884 by J. Cosmo Melvill for the island of Key West.  Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for hammocks without specific locality data (as C. lima).  Widely cultivated and sparingly naturalized.

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Citrus x aurantiifolia has been reported from the following 7 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Bahia Honda State Park Reported
Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys Section Present Not Native, Naturalized
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Assumed to be Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Dry Tortugas National Park Presumed Extirpated Not Native, Cultivated Only
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
National Key Deer Refuge Possibly Extirpated Not Native, Naturalized




Citrus x aurantiifolia has been reported for the following 2 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Disturbed Upland
Rockland Hammock


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Citrus x aurantiifolia
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer