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Spermacoce neoterminalis Govaerts
Everglades Keys false buttonweed

Spermacoce neoterminalis
Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2015
In habitat, Long Pine Key, Everglades National Park, Florida

Family: Rubiaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Endemic to South Florida.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

State of Florida Status: Threatened

Florida Natural Areas Inventory State Status: Imperiled

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Imperiled

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

South Florida History and Distribution: This is rare in South Florida, known primarily from the Miami Rock Ridge, Florida Keys, and Big Cypress area. It is morphologically similar to, but distinct from the nonnative invasive weed, Spermacoce verticillata. Using modern NatureServe criteria, we re-ranked this as Imperiled in South Florida in 2018.

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

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Synonyms: Borreria podocephala, misapplied; B. terminalis Small, not Vell.; Spermacoce terminalis (Small) Kartesz & Gandhi, not Vell.

Other data on Spermacoce neoterminalis available from :

Spermacoce neoterminalis has been found in the following 46 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Big Cypress National Preserve Present Native
Bill Sadowski Park Present Native
Black Creek Forest Present Native
Camp Owaissa Bauer Present Native
Camp Owaissa Bauer Addition Present Native
Castellow Hammock Park Present Native
Chapman Field Park Present Native
Coral Reef Park Present Native
Deering Estate at Cutler Present Native
Dolphin Center and Dolphin Center Addition Recorded as Present in Error
Eachus Pineland Present Native
Everglades National Park Present Native
Florida City Pineland Present Native
Frog Pond/L-31 N Transition Lands Present Native
George N. Avery Pineland Present Native
Gold Coast Railroad Museum Present Native
Goulds Pineland Present Native
Ingram Pineland Present Native
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Recorded as Present in Error
Jonathan Dickinson State Park Doubtfully Present
Larry and Penny Thompson Park Present Native
Ludlam Pineland Present Native
Luis Martinez United States Army Reserve Station, Richmond Pine Rocklands Present Native
Miramar Pineland Reported
National Key Deer Refuge Present Native
Navy Wells Pineland 39 Native
Navy Wells Pineland Preserve Present Native
Ned Glenn Nature Preserve Present Native
Nixon Smiley Pineland Preserve Present Native
Palm Drive Pineland Present Native
Picayune Strand State Forest Present Native
Pine Ridge Sanctuary Present Native
Pine Shore Preserve Present Native
Porter-Russell Pineland Present Native
Quail Roost Pineland Present Native
Rock Pit 39 Present Native
Rockdale Pineland Present Native
School Board Property (Moody Drive and Turnpike) Native
Seminole Wayside Park Present Native
Serenoa Glade Preserve Reported
Silver Palm Groves Present Native
SOCSOUTH Present Native
Sunny Palms Pineland Present Native
Tamiami Pineland Complex Addition Present Native
Trinity Pineland Present Native
Zoo Miami Present Native

Spermacoce neoterminalis has been found in the following 7 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Broward County Reported
Collier County Native
Hendry County Native
Martin County Native
Miami-Dade County Native
Monroe County (Keys) Native
Palm Beach County Native

Spermacoce neoterminalis has been found in the following 3 habitats :
Disturbed Upland
Marl Prairie
Pine Rockland

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Spermacoce neoterminalis
Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2015
In habitat, Long Pine Key, Everglades National Park, Florida
Spermacoce neoterminalis
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer