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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Gliricidia sepium (Jacq.) Steud.
Nicaraguan cocoa shade

Gliricidia sepium
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Family: Fabaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Tree

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Mexico, Central America and South America; widely cultivated and 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

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FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Not Native, Cultivated Only

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 for the Monroe County Keys by the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants, but a specimen at FLAS needs to be checked. All of our records are from cultivated plants or plants persisting from cultivation.

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Gliricidia sepium has been reported from the following 2 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys Section Presumed Extirpated Not Native, Cultivated Only
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park Present Not Native, Cultivated Only






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Gliricidia sepium
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Gliricidia sepium
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Gliricidia sepium
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Cultivated, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Enlarge

Gliricidia sepium
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Gliricidia sepium
Copyright by: Forest & Kim Starr