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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Smilax laurifolia L.
Catbrier, Laurel greenbrier, Bamboo vine

Smilax laurifolia
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Family: Smilacaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Vine

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Southeastern United States, the Bahamas and Cuba.

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: Reported

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for hammocks from the upper Keys to the lower Keys.  The only other report is from Bahia Honda State Park (Weiner, 1980 as amended).

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Smilax laurifolia has been reported from the following conservation area in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Bahia Honda State Park A Doubtfull Record






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Smilax laurifolia
Copyright by: Shirley Denton