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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Vanilla barbellata Rchb. f.
Wormvine orchid

Vanilla barbellata
Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
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Family: Orchidaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Vine

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: South Florida and the West Indies (Greater Antilles, Bahamas).

NatureServe Global Status: Apparently Secure

State of Florida Status: Endangered

Florida Natural Areas Inventory State Status: Imperiled

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Imperiled

Map of South Florida Locations

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

South Florida History and Distribution: A vining orchid recorded from south of Florida City west to the Cape Sable region of Everglades National Park and south to the lower Florida Keys. Plants previously recorded for The Barnacle State Historic Park appear to have been introduced as cultivated plants.

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Native

IRC FLORIDA KEYS Status: Critically Imperiled

Map of Florida Keys Locations

Florida Keys History and Distribution: First collected between 1838 and 1853 by John Loomis Blodgett on the island of Key West. Not reported for the Florida Keys by John Kunkel Small in 1913. We consider this native to the upper Keys (Key Largo) and the lower Keys.

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Vanilla barbellata has been reported from the following 5 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Present Native
Middle Torch Hammocks Parcel 3063, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
National Key Deer Refuge Present Native
Ramrod Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Sugarloaf Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native




Vanilla barbellata has been reported for the following 4 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Coastal Berm
Rockland Hammock
Tidal Marsh
Tidal Swamp


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Vanilla barbellata
Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
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Vanilla barbellata
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Vanilla barbellata
Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida

Vanilla barbellata
Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida

Vanilla barbellata
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer