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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Colubrina elliptica (Sw.) Briz. & Stern
Nakedwood, Soldierwood

Colubrina elliptica
Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Dominican Republic, 2011

Family: Rhamnaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Tree

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: South Florida, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and northern South America.

State of Florida Status: Endangered

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Imperiled

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Comments: In South Florida, this is native to the upper Florida Keys in both Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. One specimen was collected in 1904 on the mainland near what is now Castellow Hammock Park north of Homestead by John Kunkel Small (2249a, NY). There are no other records from the South Florida mainland or from offshore barrier islands.

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Synonyms: C. reclinata.

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Native


Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for hammocks in the upper Keys.  We consider this native and extant only in the upper Keys.

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Colubrina elliptica has been reported from the following 5 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys Section Present Native
Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Present Native
Dove Creek Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Present Native

Colubrina elliptica has been reported for the following 2 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Disturbed Upland
Rockland Hammock

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Colubrina elliptica
Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Dominican Republic, 2011

Colubrina elliptica
Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer