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Guettarda elliptica

Guettarda elliptica Sw.

Hammock Velvetseed, Elliptic-leaf Velvetseed, Everglades Velvetseed

Rubiaceae (Madder family)



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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Up to about 20 feet tall.
Fruit: Purple.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: White to reddish pink.


Native Habitat: Hammocks, pine rocklands.

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 81 - Natives For Your Neighborhood (2020) The Institute for Regional Conservation
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2021-07-01
Research By: CBR

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