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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Selenicereus pteranthus (Link ex A. Dietr.) Britton & Rose
Snake cactus, Princess-of-the-night

Selenicereus pteranthus
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Family: Cactaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Vine

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Mexico and possibly Central America; cultivated and often naturalizing 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. Occasionally cultivated and naturalized from the upper Keys to the lower Keys.

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Selenicereus pteranthus has been reported from the following 4 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Lake San Pedro Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park Possibly Extirpated Not Native, Naturalized




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


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Selenicereus pteranthus
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Selenicereus pteranthus
Copyright by: George D. Gann