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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Pisonia rotundata Griseb.
Smooth devilsclaws, Blolly

Pisonia rotundata
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Family: Nyctaginaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Tree

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: South Florida and the West Indies (Cuba, Bahamas, Hispaniola).

NatureServe Global Status: Apparently Secure

State of Florida Status: Endangered

Florida Natural Areas Inventory State Status: Critically Imperiled

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Rare

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Comments: For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map, visit the Exploring Florida website.

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Native

IRC FLORIDA KEYS Status: Rare

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: First collected between 1838 and 1853 by John Loomis Blodgett on Big Pine Key.  Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for hammocks from the upper Keys to the lower Keys.  However, we have no records to verify any occurrence in the upper or middle Keys.  Elbert L. Little, Jr. (1978) maps this only from the lower Keys on and around Big Pine Key.  We consider this native and extant only in the lower Keys on and around Big Pine Key.

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Pisonia rotundata has been reported from the following conservation area in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
National Key Deer Refuge Present Native




Pisonia rotundata has been reported for the following 2 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Pine Rockland
Rockland Hammock


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Pisonia rotundata
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Pisonia rotundata
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Pisonia rotundata
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley