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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Sida rhombifolia L.
Cuban jute, Indian hemp

Sida rhombifolia
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Family: Malvaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: United States, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Old World.

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Secure

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 1884 by J. Cosmo Melvill for the island of Key West.  Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for hammocks, pinelands and disturbed areas from the upper Keys to the lower Keys.  Although weedy, we consider this native and possibly extant in the lower Keys.  Last reported for the National Key Deer Refuge by the Big Pine Key Botanical Society (1992) and Hammer (1992).  A specimen at USF needs to be examined.

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Sida rhombifolia has been reported from the following 2 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Long Key State Park Reported
National Key Deer Refuge Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated




Sida rhombifolia has been reported for the following 2 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Disturbed Upland
Pine Rockland


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Sida rhombifolia
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Sida rhombifolia
Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area, Broward County, Florida

Sida rhombifolia
Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area, Broward County, Florida

Sida rhombifolia
Copyright by: Shirley Denton