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Gyminda latifolia

Gyminda latifolia (Sw.) Urb.

False Boxwood, West Indian False Box, West Indian Falsebox

Celastraceae (Bittersweet family)

Synonym(s): Gyminda latifolia var. glaucifolia, Myginda latifolia


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 25 feet tall.
Fruit: Bluish black.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


Native Distribution: Known in North America only in Florida where it is listed as endangered.
Native Habitat: Hammocks.

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
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 Gyminda latifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Gyminda latifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Gyminda latifolia


Record Modified: 2020-10-28
Research By: CBR

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