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Lipocarpha maculata (Michx.) Torr.
American halfchaff sedge

Family: Cyperaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Annual

Native Range: Southeastern United States, the West Indies (Cuba) and Central America.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Critically Imperiled

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

South Florida History and Distribution: Recorded as Presumed Extirpated in Rare Plants of South Florida (Gann et al. 2002, pp 84-85), based on a single collection from near Immokalee in 1965. Rediscovered in South Florida in October 2002 by Steve Woodmansee at Dupuis Management Area, in the Palm Beach County portion, and also collected in Lee (Wilder & McCombs 2006) and Collier (Wilder & McCollom 2018) counties beginning in November 2002 (e.g. Wilder & McCombs 18629 USF). Weedy and perhaps more abundant than documented.

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

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Lipocarpha maculata has been found in the following 5 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Big Cypress National Preserve Doubtfully Present
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Present Native
Dupuis Reserve Present Native
Estero Bay Preserve State Park Present Native
Yellow Fever Creek Preserve Present Native

Lipocarpha maculata has been found in the following 2 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Collier County Native
Lee County Native

Lipocarpha maculata has been found in the following habitat :
Disturbed Wetland