Colubrina asiatica (L.) Brongn.
Synonym(s): Asian snakewood, hoop white

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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