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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Cyperus lentiginosus Millsp. & Chase
Latin American flatsedge

Family: Cyperaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Southern United States (Florida?, Texas?), Greater Antilles (Cuba), Mexico (Tamaulipas, Yucatan peninsula, Chiapas), northern Central America (Belize Guatemala).

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Presumed Extirpated or Extinct in the Wild

Map of South Florida Locations

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Presumed Extirpated

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Assumed to be Native

South Florida History and Distribution: Collected twice between 1838-1853 by John Loomis Blodgett: once in Key West (s.n. GH) and once in "Florida" (s.n. US). Although treated previously by us as nonnative, this could easily have been within historical range.

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

Comments: For an illustration, visit the Flora of North America website. For a specimen image, visit the New York Botanical Garden Virtual Herbarium.

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Presumed Extirpated

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Assumed to be Native

IRC FLORIDA KEYS Status: Presumed Extirpated

Map of Florida Keys Locations

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Collected between 1838 and 1853 by John Loomis Blodgett on the island of Key West. This is the only known collection from the Florida Keys.

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Cyperus lentiginosus has been reported for the following habitat in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Disturbed Upland