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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.

NatureServe Global Status: Apparently Secure

State of Florida Status: Endangered

Florida Natural Areas Inventory State Status: Imperiled

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Imperiled

Map of South Florida Locations

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

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FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Native

IRC FLORIDA KEYS Status: Imperiled

Map of Florida Keys Locations

Florida Keys History and Distribution: First collected between 1838 and 1853 by John Loomis Blodgett on the island of Key West. Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for coastal sand dunes and hammocks in the lower Keys. It was subsequently recorded numerous times in the middle Keys from lower Matecumbe Key south, and was collected once in the upper Keys in 1969 by Joan Browder on North Key Largo (s.n. BUS, now at FTG), in or near what is now Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park. It was also reported for Snake Creek Hammocks by National Audubon Society et al. (1992), but was not observed there by IRC in 2000. It was first observed in the lower sandy Keys in 1996, when vouchered by George D. Gann and Keith A. Bradley (467 FTG). We consider this native from the upper Keys to the lower sandy Keys, and extant from the middle Keys to the lower sandy Keys.

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Gyminda latifolia has been reported from the following 11 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
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 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 reported for the following 2 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
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.