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Colubrina elliptica

Colubrina elliptica (Sw.) Briz. & Stern


Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn family)

Synonym(s): Colubrina reclinata

USDA Symbol: COEL2

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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 20 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: Main bloom period is Sep - Feb.


Native Distribution: Known in North America only in Florida where it is listed as endangered.
Native Habitat: Rockland hammocks, hammock margins, thickets, rocky strands.

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2020-11-16
Research By: CBR

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