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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Stachytarpheta jamaicensis (L.) Vahl
Blue porterweed, Joee

Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Family: Verbenaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: South Florida, the West Indies, Mexico and Central America; now present further north in peninsular Florida, but probably naturalized there.

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: Cultivated

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FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Native

IRC FLORIDA KEYS Status: Apparently Secure

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: First collected in 1834 or 1835 by Reverend Alva Bennett on the island of Key West.  Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for pinelands, coastal sand dunes and disturbed sites throughout the Florida Keys.  We consider this native and extant throughout the Florida Keys.

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Stachytarpheta jamaicensis has been reported from the following 21 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Attwood Addition, Indian Key Historic State Park Present Native
Bahia Honda State Park Reported
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
Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Present Native
Dove Creek Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Dry Tortugas National Park Present Native
Indian Key Historic State Park Present Native
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Present Native
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park Present Native
Little Hamaca Park Present Native
Little Torch Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Long Key State Park Present Native
Middle Torch Hammocks Parcel 3063, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
National Key Deer Refuge Present Native
Snake Creek 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
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park Present Native




Stachytarpheta jamaicensis has been reported for the following 3 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Coastal Rock Barren
Disturbed Upland
Pine Rockland


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Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley