Colubrina elliptica

(Swartz) Brizicky & W. L. Stern

Trop. Woods 109: 95. 1958.

Common names: Soldierwood
Basionym: Rhamnus elliptica Swartz Prodr., 50. 1788
Synonyms: Colubrina reclinata (L'Héritier) Brongniart
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 12. Treatment on page 77. Mentioned on page 74.

Shrubs or trees, erect, 2–6 m. Stems straight, strigose, glabrescent. Leaves deciduous; petiole 5–20 mm; blade broadly elliptic to elliptic-ovate or ovate-lanceolate, 4–9 cm, herbaceous, base cuneate to rounded, 2 prominent glands at petiole/blade junction, margins entire, apex acute to acuminate, abaxial surface sparsely strigose, glabrescent, adaxial surface glabrous; pinnately veined, secondary veins 5–8 pairs, arcuate. Inflorescences: thyrses, 8–20-flowered; peduncles 1–7 mm; fruiting pedicels 8–15 mm. Capsules 6–7 mm.

Phenology: Flowering Sep–Feb, possibly year-round.
Habitat: Rockland hammocks, hammock margins, thickets, rocky strands.
Elevation: 0–10 m.


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Fla., Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America (Venezuela).


Colubrina elliptica is known in the flora area only from Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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Guy L. Nesom +
(Swartz) Brizicky & W. L. Stern +
Rhamnus elliptica +
Soldierwood +
Fla. +, Mexico +, West Indies +, Central America +  and South America (Venezuela). +
0–10 m. +
Rockland hammocks, hammock margins, thickets, rocky strands. +
Flowering Sep–Feb, possibly year-round. +
Trop. Woods +
Colubrina reclinata +
Colubrina elliptica +
Colubrina +
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