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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Furcraea foetida (L.) Haw.
Mauritius-hemp

Furcraea foetida
Copyright by: George D. Gann
Naturalized, Everglades National Park, Key Largo, Florida, 2013

Family: Asparagaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Shrub

Perennation: Monocarpic

Native Range: Northern South America; widely cultivated and sometimes naturalized elsewhere.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

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. Sparingly naturalized from the upper Keys to the lower Keys. An herbarium voucher is needed for the Monroe County Keys.

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Furcraea foetida has been reported from the following 6 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Attwood Addition, Indian Key Historic State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys Section Present Not Native, Naturalized
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Lake San Pedro Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Snake Creek Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Sugarloaf Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Not Native, Naturalized




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


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Furcraea foetida
Copyright by: George D. Gann
Naturalized, Everglades National Park, Key Largo, Florida, 2013

Furcraea foetida
Copyright by: Forest & Kim Starr