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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Tribulus cistoides L.
Punctureweed, Burrnut, Jamaican feverplant

Tribulus cistoides
Copyright by: James J. Lange, 2016.
Naturalized at County Line Scrub, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA

Family: Zygophyllaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Africa; now a widespread weed.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

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 and disturbed areas throughout the Florida Keys.  Occasionally cultivated and naturalized nearly throughout the Florida Keys.

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Tribulus cistoides has been reported from the following 9 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Attwood Addition, Indian Key Historic State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Bahia Honda State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys Section Present Not Native, Naturalized
Curry Hammock State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Dry Tortugas National Park Presumed Extirpated Not Native, Naturalized
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Possibly Extirpated Not Native, Naturalized
Long Key State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
National Key Deer Refuge Possibly Extirpated Not Native, Naturalized




Tribulus cistoides has been reported for the following habitat in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Disturbed Upland


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Tribulus cistoides
Copyright by: James J. Lange, 2016.
Naturalized at County Line Scrub, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA

Tribulus cistoides
Copyright by: Chuck McCartney, 2014
John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, Hollywood, Florida, USA

Tribulus cistoides
Copyright by: Shirley Denton