Asian nakedwood
Colubrina asiatica (L.) Brongn.


Asian nakedwood 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. Asian nakedwood occurs in full to partial sun on upland sites and was first collected in Florida in 1937.


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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Rhamnales
Family: Rhamnaceae
Genus: Colubrina
Subject: Colubrina asiatica (L.) Brongn.

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
Asian snakewood, hoop white


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