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Tillandsia recurvata (L.) L.
Ball-moss

Tillandsia recurvata
Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Everglades National Park, Key Largo, Florida, 2013

Family: Bromeliaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Epiphyte

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Southern United States, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South 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: Imperiled

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Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for hammocks from the upper Keys to the lower Keys.  We consider this native and extant in the upper Keys and lower Keys.

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Tillandsia recurvata has been reported from the following 7 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys Section 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
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Present Native
Lake San Pedro Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
National Key Deer Refuge Present Native




Tillandsia recurvata has been reported for the following 9 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Coastal Berm
Coastal Rock Barren
Disturbed Upland
Disturbed Wetland
Freshwater Tidal Swamp
Pine Rockland
Rockland Hammock
Tidal Marsh
Tidal Swamp


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Tillandsia recurvata
Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Everglades National Park, Key Largo, Florida, 2013

Tillandsia recurvata
Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Everglades National Park, Key Largo, Florida, 2013

Tillandsia recurvata
Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Everglades National Park, Key Largo, Florida, 2013

Tillandsia recurvata
Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Everglades National Park, Key Largo, Florida, 2013

Tillandsia recurvata
Copyright by: Melissa E. Abdo