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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Leptochloa virgata (L.) P. Beauv.
Tropical spangletop

Leptochloa virgata

Family: Poaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Southeastern United States, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.

Florida Natural Areas Inventory State Status: Not listed

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Critically Imperiled

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

South Florida History and Distribution: Ranked as critically imperiled in Rare Plants of South Florida (Gann et al. 2002; pp 270-272) based on two occurrences from one conservation area (Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park) and one non-conservation area (Pelican Marsh) in Collier County. It has also been historically collected in Miami-Dade County and the Monroe County Keys. The Pelican Marsh site has been developed but it is possible some plants remain. There are also no recent records from the Fakahatchee (M. Owen, email comm. 2022), but this was collected by George Wilder on the Florida Gulf Coast University campus in 2006 (26153 SWF), and there is a recent report from Miami-Dade County on iNaturalist.

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

Comments: For images, visit the Plants of Saint Lucia.

Synonyms: L. domingensis.

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Presumed Extirpated

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Presumed Extirpated

IRC FLORIDA KEYS Status: Presumed Extirpated

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for hammocks and disturbed areas from the upper Keys to the lower Keys.  We consider this native and presumed extirpated only on Key Largo in the upper Keys.  Last collected in 1928 by Paul Weatherwax (1164, US).  For more information, see IRC's species account.

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Leptochloa virgata has been reported for the following 3 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Disturbed Upland
Disturbed Wetland

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Leptochloa virgata