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Exothea paniculata

Exothea paniculata (Juss.) Radlk.

Butterbough, Inkwood, Iron Wood, Ironwood

Sapindaceae (Soapberry family)

Synonym(s): Melicocca paniculata


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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Size Notes: Up to about 45 feet tall.

Bloom Information

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


Native Habitat: Moist hammocks, along canals, roadsides.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FACU 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 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2020-12-16
Research By: CBR

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