carrotwood

Sapindales > Sapindaceae > Cupaniopsis anacardioides (A. Rich.) Radlk.
Synonym(s): carrotweed

Carrotwood is an evergreen tree that can grow to a height of 35 ft. (10.7 m). The inner bark is orange, hence the common name. The leaves are compound with 4-10 leaflets; each leaflet is 4-8 in. (10-20 cm) long, shiny with rounded or emarginate (indented) apices. Flowering occurs in the winter, where small, greenish white, 5-petaled flowers appear in clusters in the leaf axils. Bright orange capsules with shiny, black seeds ripen from June to May. Carrotwood is native to Australia and was introduced into the United States as early as 1955. This tree can grow in full sun or shade and has been shown to be salt tolerant. It occurs in marshlands, cypress swamps, pinewoods and dunes.


Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources


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Seedling(s);
Forest & Kim Starr, U.S. Geological Survey, Bugwood.org
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Seedling(s);
Amy Ferriter, South Florida Water Management District, Bugwood.org
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Foliage;
Forest & Kim Starr, U.S. Geological Survey, Bugwood.org
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Foliage; leaves
Forest & Kim Starr, U.S. Geological Survey, Bugwood.org
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Foliage; leaves
Forest & Kim Starr, U.S. Geological Survey, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s); BISH specimen
Forest & Kim Starr, U.S. Geological Survey, Bugwood.org
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Bark;
Forest & Kim Starr, U.S. Geological Survey, Bugwood.org
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Sapling(s);
Forest & Kim Starr, U.S. Geological Survey, Bugwood.org
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Tree(s); habit
Forest & Kim Starr, U.S. Geological Survey, Bugwood.org
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Tree(s);
Chris Lockhart, Florida Natural Areas Inventory, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s);
Chris Lockhart, Florida Natural Areas Inventory, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s);
Ann Murray, University of Florida, Bugwood.org
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Invasive Reference(s):

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


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