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Gyminda latifolia (Sw.) Urb.
West Indian false boxwood

Gyminda latifolia
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Family: Celastraceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Tree

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: South Florida and the West Indies.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

NatureServe Global Status: Apparently Secure

State of Florida Status: Endangered

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: In South Florida, now restricted to the Florida Keys. Formerly known from between Miami and Coconut Grove (Brickell Hammock), where collected in 1913 by John Kunkel Small (4686 NY), and from a single collection from “rubbish heap and pine woods south of Montgomery Foundation” (Gillis s.n. FTG), the latter which was the basis for Pricilla Fawcett’s drawing in the Flora of the Bahama Archipelago (Correll & Correll 1982: 868).

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Comments: For more images, click on the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants link below. For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map, visit the Exploring Florida website.

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Gyminda latifolia has been found in the following 12 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Blue Heron Hammock, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Curry Hammock State Park Present Native
Key West National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
Little Torch Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Middle Torch Hammocks Anderson, Lipchak, 3112 Parcels, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Middle Torch Hammocks Parcel 3063, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
National Key Deer Refuge Present Native
Ramrod Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Snake Creek Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Spoonbill Sound Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Sugarloaf Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Torchwood Hammock Preserve Present Native

Gyminda latifolia has been found in the following 2 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Miami-Dade County Presumed Extirpated Presumed Extirpated
Monroe County (Keys) Native

Gyminda latifolia has been found in the following 2 habitats :
Coastal Berm
Rockland Hammock

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Gyminda latifolia
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer
Gyminda latifolia
Copyright by: James J. Lange, 2015.
Lower Matecumbe Key, Monroe County Keys, Florida, USA, Enlarge.
Gyminda latifolia
Copyright by: James J. Lange, 2015.
Lower Matecumbe Key, Monroe County Keys, Florida, USA, Enlarge.
Gyminda latifolia
Copyright by: James J. Lange, 2015.
Lower Matecumbe Key, Monroe County Keys, Florida, USA, Enlarge.