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Darlingplum
Reynosia septentrionalis
Rhamnaceae
 

Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Everglades National Park, Key Largo, Florida, 2013

General Landscape Uses: Accent or specimen shrub or small tree.

Availability: Native plant nurseries.

Description: Small tree or large shrub with stout, rigid branches and an irregular crown. Trunks to 9 inches in diameter, but usually much less. Bark dark reddish-brown with large plate-like scales. Leaves thick, rigid, about 1-1 1/2 inches long with a notched tip.

Dimensions: Typically 10-15 feet in heigth; to 28 feet in South Florida. Often as broad as tall.

Growth Rate: Slow.

Range: Monroe County Keys and Miami-Dade County; Bahamas and Cuba. In Miami-Dade County not know from the mainland; known only from the Florida Keys in and around Elliott Key in Biscayne National Park, and from the adjacent barrier islands of Key Biscayne and Virginia Key. For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map, visit the Exploring Florida website.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Coastal hammocks.

Soils: Moist, well-drained limestone (rarely sandy) soils, with humusy top layer.

Nutritional Requirements: 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: Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.

Drought Tolerance: High; does not require any supplemental water once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun to light shade.

Flower Color: Yellowish-green.

Flower Characteristics: Inconspicuous.

Flowering Season: All year; peak spring-summer.

Fruit: Purple to black drupe. Edible.

Wildlife and Ecology: Provides food and cover for wildlife.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

Comments: The edible fruits taste like blueberries, but there is little pulp. The wood is extremely dense. It is listed as threatened by the state of Florida.


Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Everglades National Park, Key Largo, Florida, 2013

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Everglades National Park, Key Largo, Florida, 2013

Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Everglades National Park, Key largo, Florida, 2013

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley


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