Asian nakedwood

Rhamnales > Rhamnaceae > Colubrina asiatica (L.) Brongn
Synonym(s): Asian snakewood

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.


Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources


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Foliage;
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Plant(s);
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Foliage; with fruit
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Fruit(s);
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Fruit(s);
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Infestation; aerial photo
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Infestation;
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Infestation; aerial photo
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Invasive Reference(s):

Check Invasive.org for most current lists.
  • Florida - EPPC list
  • Invasive Plants: Guide to Identification and the Impacts and Control of Common North American Species


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