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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Petiveria alliacea L.
Guinea hen weed

Petiveria alliacea
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Family: Phytolaccaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Southeastern United States (peninsular Florida, Texas), the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Imperiled

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

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FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Native

IRC FLORIDA KEYS Status: Critically Imperiled

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for hammocks in the upper Keys.  We consider this native and extant to the upper Keys and the lower Keys, but perhaps absent from the middle Keys.

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Petiveria alliacea has been reported from the following conservation area in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys Section Present Native




Petiveria alliacea has been reported for the following 3 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Disturbed Upland
Disturbed Wetland
Rockland Hammock


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Petiveria alliacea
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Petiveria alliacea
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Petiveria alliacea
Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Dominican Republic, 2011