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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Plumbago zeylanica L.
Wild plumbago, Doctorbush, Florida plumbago, White plumbago

Plumbago zeylanica
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Family: Plumbaginaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Vine

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Southern United States (Florida, Texas, Arizona), the West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Old World.


Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Synonyms: P. scandens.

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Native

IRC FLORIDA KEYS Status: Critically Imperiled

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1884 by J. Cosmo Melvill for the island of Key West.  Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for hammocks on Key West.  We consider this native from the upper Keys to the lower Keys, but perhaps extirapted in the lower Keys.

Other data on Plumbago zeylanica available from :

Plumbago zeylanica has been reported from the following 4 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Present Native
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park Present Native
Long Key State Park Reported
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park Reported

Plumbago zeylanica has been reported for the following 3 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Coastal Berm
Disturbed Upland
Rockland Hammock

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Plumbago zeylanica
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Plumbago zeylanica
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley