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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Spartina patens (Aiton) Muhl.
Marshhay cordgrass, Saltmeadow cordgrass

Spartina patens
Copyright by: George D. Gann

Family: Poaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Widespread in North America, the West Indies, Mexico and Central America.

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Secure

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SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

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FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Native

IRC FLORIDA KEYS Status: Rare

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Florida Keys History and Distribution: Not reported for the Florida Keys by John Kunkel Small in 1913. Reported for the lower sandy Keys by John H. Davis in 1942. We consider this native and extant throughout the Florida Keys.

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Spartina patens has been reported from the following 16 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Bahia Honda State Park Present Native
Big Torch Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys Section Present Native
Blue Heron Hammock, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Curry Hammock State Park Present Native
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Key West National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
Lake San Pedro Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Little Torch Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Long Key State Park Present Native
National Key Deer Refuge Present Native
Ramrod Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Spoonbill Sound Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Sugarloaf Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native




Spartina patens has been reported for the following 2 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Beach Dune
Tidal Marsh


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Spartina patens
Copyright by: George D. Gann

Spartina patens
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Spartina patens
Copyright by: Shirley Denton