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Scrub Ziziphus

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Scrub Ziziphus

Florida Jujube - Ziziphus celata
Endangered Florida species, U.S. Endangered species
Location - Bok Tower Gardens
Habitat - Scrub
Range - Lake Wales Ridge, Polk & Highlands Counties.
Description - Florida jujube grows up to one to two meters in height with many zig-zagging branches. The deciduous leaves are alternate, entire, elliptic to obovate, shiny on the upper surface and fall off in December before flowering begins. The tiny white, five-petaled flowers have yellow-green sepals and appear in winter on short pedicels. Mature plants bloom profusely, but each naturally occurring location usually consists of a single genetic individual that is self-incompatible rendering them unlikely to produce fertile seeds in the wild.
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See more photos and information at the Wild Florida Photo page for this species.