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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

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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FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Possibly Extirpated

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Possibly Extirpated

IRC FLORIDA KEYS Status: Possibly Extirpated

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Not reported for the Florida Keys by John Kunkel Small in 1913. Collected in 1953 on Cudjoe Key by J.D. Dickson III (s.n., FTG). Last reported for the National Key Deer Refuge by Austin et al. (1980).

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Spermacoce tetraquetra has been reported from the following conservation area in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
National Key Deer Refuge Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated

Spermacoce tetraquetra has been reported for the following habitat in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Disturbed Upland