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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Dichanthelium portoricense (Desv. ex Ham.) B.F. Hansen & Wunderlin
Hemlock witchgrass

Dichanthelium portoricense
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Family: Poaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Eastern and central United States, the Greater Antilles, Mexico and Central America.

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Secure

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SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

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FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Reported

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Not reported for the Florida Keys by John Kunkel Small in 1913. Reported only for the National Key Deer Refuge (Austin et al., 1980).

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Dichanthelium portoricense has been reported from the following conservation area in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
National Key Deer Refuge Reported






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Dichanthelium portoricense
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Dichanthelium portoricense
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