Asian nakedwood USDA PLANTS Symbol: COAS3
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Hardwood Trees Vines
Colubrina asiatica (L.) Brongn.

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Taxonomic Rank: Magnoliopsida: Rhamnales: Rhamnaceae
Synonym(s): Asian snakewood, hoop white
Native Range: trop. Asia, Pac. Islands, Queensland (BAIL);

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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Plant(s); Habit
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Foliage; Fruit
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Foliage; Leaves
John M. Randall, The Nature Conservancy, Bugwood.org
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Foliage; Leaves and flowers
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Foliage; Leaves
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Foliage; Fruit
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s);
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s); Flowers
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Foliage; with fruit
Dan Clark, USDI National Park Service, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s);
Dan Clark, USDI National Park Service, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s);
Dan Clark, USDI National Park Service, Bugwood.org
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Seed(s);
Steve Hurst, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org
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EDDMapS Distribution:
This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts and records obtained from USDA Plants Database. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org
 


State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.

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U.S. National Parks where reported invasive:
Everglades National Park (Florida)



Invasive Listing Sources:
Faith Campbell, 1998
Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council
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.