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Cyperus ovatus Baldwin
Pinebarren flatsedge

Cyperus ovatus
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Family: Cyperaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Eastern and central United States, the West Indies (Cuba, Bahamas) and northern Mexico.

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Apparently Secure

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SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

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Synonyms: C. pollardii, C. retrorsus.

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 and sandy places on the island of Key West (as C. blodgettii - the type locality) and for hammocks on Long Key (as C. litoreus - the type locality).  We consider this native to the middle Keys and lower Keys, but possibly extirpated in the middle Keys.

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Cyperus ovatus has been reported from the following 2 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Long Key State Park Reported
National Key Deer Refuge Present Native

Cyperus ovatus has been reported for the following 2 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Disturbed Upland
Rockland Hammock

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Cyperus ovatus
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Cyperus ovatus
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley