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Amyris elemifera

Amyris elemifera L.

Sea Torchwood, Torchwood

Rutaceae (Rue family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), VI (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 30 feet tall, often much shorter.
Fruit: Purplish to black.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec


Native Habitat: Coastal hammocks and thickets, dunes, limestone woodlands.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FAC UPL
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 81 - Natives For Your Neighborhood (2020) The Institute for Regional Conservation
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Research Literature

Reslit 253 - Cytotoxicity Correlations of Puerto Rican Plants Using a Simplified Brine Shrimp Lethality Screening Procedure (1997) P. I. Chavez, L. A. Sanchez, F. A. Gonzalez, J. L....
Reslit 511 - Antimycobacterial natural products: synthesis and preliminary biological evaluation of the oxazole-containing alkaloid texaline (2005) A. C. Giddens, H. I. M. Boshoff, S. G. Franzblau, ...
Reslit 1131 - Antimycobacterial activity of chemically defined natural substances from the Caribbean flora in Guadeloupe (1998) N. Rastogi, J. Abaul, K. S. Goh, A. Devallois, E. ...

This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resources

USDA: Find Amyris elemifera in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Amyris elemifera in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Amyris elemifera


Record Modified: 2021-05-24
Research By: CBR

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