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1a. Chrysophyllum oliviforme Linnaeus subsp. oliviforme

Twigs russet, older twigs grayish. Leaves: petiole 5-10 mm; blade broadly elliptic to ovate, (13-) 30-120 × (6-)15-40(-67) mm, marginal vein distinct, surfaces abaxially coppery-hairy, becom-ing grayish with age, adaxially glossy green. Inflorescences 2-10-flowered or flowers soli-tary. Pedicels 3-8 mm, sericeous-tomentose. Flowers: sepals broadly ovate, 1.5-2 mm, margins ciliate, apex ciliate; ovary 0.5-1 mm. Berries 14-30 mm. Seeds elongate, 13-15 mm; hilum ca. 1/3 seed length. 2n = 52.

Flowering mostly late summer (sporadic throughout year). Hammocks, scrub and wet thickets, frequently on coquina, coral, sandy and shelly soils; 0-5 m; Fla.; West Indies (Bahamas, Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Puerto Rico).

Chrysophyllum oliviforme is a handsome tree that is frequently cultivated.


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