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Myrsine cubana

Myrsine cubana A. DC.

Guianese Colicwood, Rapanea

Myrsinaceae (Myrsine Family)

Synonym(s): Myrsine floridana, Myrsine guianensis, Rapanea guianensis, Rapanea punctata

USDA Symbol: MYCU2

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

A shrub or narrow-crowned, small tree usually reaching a maximum height of 25 ft. Crown open, irregular; branches few, slender. Leathery, elliptic, dark green leaves with paler undersides are clustered at the ends of twigs. Flowers and berries are rather inconspicuous.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 45 feet tall, often much shorter.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , Oct , Nov , Dec


Native Distribution: S. FL through the West Indies to S. America
Native Habitat: Wooded, coastal hammocks

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Well-drained soil.
Conditions Comments: An extremely versatile tree, adapting to a variety of sites.


Description: Propagation is by seed.
Commercially Avail: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FAC FAC
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.


Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.

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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.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-10-07
Research By: TWC Staff

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