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Spermacoce tetraquetra A.Rich.
Pineland false buttonweed

Family: Rubiaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Annual

Native Range: South Florida, the West Indies, southern Mexico and Central America.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida


SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

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Other data on Spermacoce tetraquetra available from :

Spermacoce tetraquetra has been found in the following 25 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Arch Creek Park Present Native
Big Cypress National Preserve Present Native
Camp Owaissa Bauer Present Native
Castellow Hammock parcel 28 Present Native
Castellow Hammock parcel 33 Present Native
Castellow Hammock Park Present Native
Everglades National Park Present Native
Florida City Pineland Assumed to be Present Native
Frog Pond/L-31 N Transition Lands Present Native
Harden Hammock Present Native
Hattie Bauer Hammock Present Native
Larry and Penny Thompson Park Present Native
Lucille Hammock Present Native
Matheson Hammock Park Present Native
National Key Deer Refuge Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Navy Wells Pineland Preserve Present Native
Nixon Smiley Pineland Addition Present Native
Palm Drive Pineland Present Native
Quail Roost Pineland Present Native
Rock Pit 39 Present Native
School Board Property (Moody Drive and Turnpike) Native
Silver Palm Hammock Present Native
Sunny Palms Pineland Present Native
West Biscayne Pineland Present Native
Zoo Miami Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated

Spermacoce tetraquetra has been found in the following 4 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Collier County Native
Lee County Native
Miami-Dade County Native
Monroe County (Keys) Native

Spermacoce tetraquetra has been found in the following 2 habitats :
Disturbed Upland
Pine Rockland