- Colubrina asiatica is a low shrub with climbing branches. The climbing branches can reach to 30 ft. (9 m) in length.
- Leaves are alternate, 1.5-5.5 in. (3.7-13.7 cm) long, shiny, toothed, broadly ovate and accuminate.
- Flowers are small, greenish and bloom in clusters in the axils of the leaves. Blooming occurs in the mid-summer, but can occur year-round.
- Fruit are 0.5 in. (1.3 cm) long, berry-like capsules with small, gray seeds. Seeds float and are salt-tolerant, thus enabling them to be dispersed by ocean currents.
- Ecological Threat
- Colubrina asiatica occurs in full to partial sun on upland sites and was first collected in Florida in 1937.
Scandent-scrambling, essentially glabrous shrub. The common name latherleaf denotes that C. asiatica leaves contain a useful saponin-like substance. Neal (1965) wrote that in Hawaii and elsewhere, the plant is used medicinally and its leaves have long been used for soap as they form a lather in water.
C. asiatica (Ramnaceae) is characterized by its rambling growth over other vegetation; glossy, dark green, thin leaves; and small axillary clusters of minute greenish flowers and fruit. A line drawing is in Langeland (1990) and a color photo in Scurlock (1987).
- Weeds Gone Wild: Alien Plant Invaders of Natural Areas - Plant Conservation Alliance
- Element Stewardship Abstract - The Nature Conservancy
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EDDMapS Distribution - This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts, herbaria, and literature. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org
State Invasive List - This map identifies those states that list this species on their invasive species list. For more information, visit Invasive.org
Invasive Listing Sources
- East Central Florida CISMA
- Faith Campbell, 1998
- Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council - Category I
- Florida Keys Invasive Species Task Force - Category I
- Florida Noxious Weeds
- Jil M. Swearingen, Survey of invasive plants occurring on National Park Service lands, 2000-2007
- John Randall, The Nature Conservancy, Survey of TNC Preserves, 1995.
- Reichard, Sarah. 1994. Assessing the potential of invasiveness in woody plants introduced in North America. University of Washington Ph.D. dissertation.
- Treasure Coast Cooperative Invasive Species Mgmt. Area - EARLY DRAFT
- WeedUS - Database of Plants Invading Natural Areas in the United States
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