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Schoepfia schreberi

Graytwig
Whitewood
Gulf graytwig

Synonym(s): Schoepfia chrysophylloides

Florida native

Matanzas Prov, Cuba 02/18/19
Matanzas Prov, Cuba 02/18/19
Matanzas Prov, Cuba 02/18/19
Matanzas Prov, Cuba 02/18/19

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An occasional evergreen shrub or small tree of tropical hammocks from Volusia County south on the eastern coast of Florida and in across the peninsula south of Lake Okeechobee and more frequently in the Keys. Also ranges through the West Indies.
This plant grows up to 10m (33 ft.) tall with crooked branches and can often be distinguished by the zig-zag branchlets and whitish twigs. The alternate leaves are elliptic to ovate, simple and often have wavy edges. The leaves are 3-7.5cm (1-1/8 to 3 in.) long and 2-5cm (3/4 to 2 in.) wide and give off a strong odor when crushed. The small sweet-scented flowers are red to orange and appear in the winter, mostly from October through March. Fruit is a red ovoid drupe 10-12mm (less than 1/2 in.) long.

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Schoepfia schreberi is a member of the Schoepfiaceae - Whitewood family.


Date record last modified: Feb 08, 2021


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