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Petiveria alliacea L.
Guinea hen weed

Petiveria alliacea
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Family: Phytolaccaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Southeastern United States (peninsular Florida, Texas), the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Imperiled

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

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Other data on Petiveria alliacea available from :

Petiveria alliacea has been found in the following 22 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Alice C. Wainwright Park Present Native
Arch Creek Addition Present Native
Arch Creek Park Present Native
Big Cypress National Preserve Present Native
Biscayne National Park Present Native
Cape Romano - Ten Thousand Islands Aquatic Preserve Present Native
Cayo Costa State Park Present Native
Chapman Field Park Present Native
Deering Estate at Cutler Present Native
J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area Present Native
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Present Native
Lake Okeechobee Marshes Present Native
Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center Present Native
Matheson Hammock Park Present Native
Mound Key Archaeological State Park Present Native
Pine Island Ridge Natural Area Present Native
R. Hardy Matheson Preserve Present Native
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Present Native
Sewell Park Present Native
Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
Twin Rivers Present Native

Petiveria alliacea has been found in the following 7 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Broward County Native
Collier County Native
Lee County Native
Martin County Native
Miami-Dade County Native
Monroe County (Keys) Native
Palm Beach County Native

Petiveria alliacea has been found in the following 7 habitats :
Disturbed Upland
Disturbed Wetland
Maritime Hammock
Mesic Hammock
Prairie Hammock
Rockland Hammock
Shell Mound

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Petiveria alliacea
Copyright by: Shirley Denton
Petiveria alliacea
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley
Petiveria alliacea
Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Dominican Republic, 2011