Small tree or large shrub, usually with an erect trunk and a broad-spreading, semi-open crown. Leaves light green, with rusty-brown hairs on the underside of the leaves and on the twigs.
Typically 10-20 feet in height. Usually taller than broad.
Monroe, Miami-Dade and Collier counties; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. Rare in the Monroe County Keys and very rare or absent in the middle Keys. In Miami-Dade County, native to the Miami Rock Ridge from Long Pine Key in Everglades National Park north and east to west of Goulds. For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map, visit the Exploring Florida website.
Rockland hammocks; understory shrub in pine rocklands.
Moist, well-drained limestone or calcareous sandy soils, with humusy top layer.
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Greenish or yellowish.
Purple to black capsule.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Provides food for birds.
Can be grown from seed. Place in light shade or full sun.
Recruits readily from seeds in the garden and can become somewhat weedy. It is listed as endangered by the state of Florida.
George D. Gann, 2004 In habitat, Long Pine Key, Florida
James Johnson, 2014 In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida
George D. Gann, 2011 In habitat, Dominican Republic
Roger L. Hammer
George D. Gann
George D. Gann
Gann, G.D., M.E. Abdo, J.W. Gann, G.D. Gann, Sr., S.W.
Woodmansee, K.A. Bradley, E. Grahl and K.N. Hines. 2005-2016. Natives For Your Neighborhood. http://www.regionalconservation.org.
The Institute for Regional Conservation. Delray Beach, Florida USA.