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Author Topic: unknown Florida tree  (Read 170 times)

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Offline bobst

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unknown Florida tree
« on: January 14, 2018, 09:22:58 AM »
I was walking at the edge of a swamp in central Florida (Rock Springs Run Reserve). There were many trees blown down by last summers hurricane including this one.  This was a medium sized tree with alternate entire leaves about 3 inches long.  The distinctive seed pod is 3/4" wide. The seed pod should be the key, but I looked in all of my books and could not ID this tree.  Any ideas?

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Re: unknown Florida tree
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2018, 09:29:23 AM »
Looks like Star Anise or Yellow Anise (Illicium paviflorum)
Very rare in the wild and more like a large shrub than a small tree.
Fairly common in the native plant nursery inventory.


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