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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Crotalaria pumila Ortega
Low rattlebox

Crotalaria pumila
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Family: Fabaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

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

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Secure

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SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

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FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Native

IRC FLORIDA KEYS Status: Critically Imperiled

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Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for hammocks, pinelands and coastal dunes throughout the Florida Keys.  However, we have verified reports only from Key Largo in the upper Keys.

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Crotalaria pumila has been reported from the following 7 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys Section Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Present Native
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Present Native
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park Reported
National Key Deer Refuge Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park Reported




Crotalaria pumila has been reported for the following 3 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Beach Dune
Disturbed Upland
Pine Rockland


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Crotalaria pumila
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Crotalaria pumila
Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida

Crotalaria pumila
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Crotalaria pumila
Copyright by: George D. Gann