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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Persea borbonia (L.) Spreng. var. borbonia
Red bay

Persea borbonia
Copyright by: George D. Gann

Family: Lauraceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Tree

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Southeastern United States.


Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Comments: Visit our Natives For Your Neighborhood website for more information and images. For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map of P. borbonia in the broad sense, visit the Exploring Florida website. This map represents an amalgamation of P. borbonia from coastal and mesic sites, P. humilis from wetlands, and P. humilis from scrub and other dry habitats.

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Reported

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Not reported for the Florida Keys by John Kunkel Small in 1913. Reported for Big Pine Key (Big Pine Key Botanical Society, 1987), but this is likely a misidentification of P. palustris.

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Persea borbonia
Copyright by: George D. Gann

Persea borbonia
Copyright by: George D. Gann

Persea borbonia
Copyright by: George D. Gann