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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Clusia rosea Jacq.
Pitch-apple

Clusia rosea
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Family: Clusiaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Tree

Perennation: Perennial

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

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native, Extirpated then Reintroduced

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Comments: Intensive research in herbaria indicates that this is native to the lower Florida Keys, where it was probably extirpated and then reintroduced from cultivated plants. It is widely cultivated and escaping well outside of its historical range nearly throughout South Florida.

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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: First collected between 1838 and 1853 by John Loomis Blodgett on the island of Key West and on Big Pine Key.  Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for hammocks in the lower Keys.  We consider this native, extirpated and then reintroduced in the lower Florida Keys.

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Clusia rosea has been reported from the following 6 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Bahia Honda State Park Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys Section Presumed Extirpated Not Native, Cultivated Only
Dove Creek Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
National Key Deer Refuge Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Snake Creek Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Not Native, Naturalized




Clusia rosea has been reported for the following 3 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Coastal Berm
Disturbed Upland
Rockland Hammock


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Clusia rosea
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Clusia rosea
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Clusia rosea
Copyright by: Michelle Smith, 2018
In habitat, Ned Glenn Nature Preserve, Florida

Clusia rosea
Copyright by: Michelle Smith, 2018
In habitat, Ned Glenn Nature Preserve, Florida

Clusia rosea
Copyright by: Rosimar Rivera

Clusia rosea
Copyright by: Emily Warschefsky

Clusia rosea
Copyright by: Emily Warschefsky

Clusia rosea
Copyright by: Emily Warschefsky

Clusia rosea
Copyright by: Rosimar Rivera