Wild-lime, Lime prickly-ash
Zanthoxylum fagara

Small to medium tree or large shrub with a cylindrical crown from many small, irregularly-shaped branches. Trunks generally short, to about 10 inches in diameter. The branches bear many sharp, hooked spines. Bark gray, rough. Leaves compound, aromatic, about 3-4 inches long.
Monroe County Keys north to Volusia, Marion and Citrus counties; Bahamas, Greater Antilles, Texas, Mexico, Central America and South America. For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map, visit the Exploring Florida website.
Distribution and Abundance in Florida:
Orange-brown glandular punctate follicles opening to reveal small, shiny, black seeds.
Natural History:
Provides significant food and moderate amounts of cover for wildlife. Larval host plant for giant swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) butterflies. Perhaps a secondary larval host for Schaus' swallowtail (Heraclides aristodemus) butterflies.
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
When crushed, the leaves have a lime-like aroma. The wood is much desired for making furniture.
Z. pterota.

Keith A. Bradley
Michelle M. Smith, 2018
In habitat, Ned Glenn Nature Preserve, Florida
James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
Keith A. Bradley
Keith A. Bradley
Roger L. Hammer
Melissa E. Abdo

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