Soldierwood - Colubrina elliptica
Most common in the Caribbean, this shrub or small tree grows in hammocks in southern Florida, including the keys. The bark is brown and scaly, and the wood is hard and strong. The leaves are up to five inches in length and are bluntly tipped and typically broadest at the base; there are small hairs beneath, with glands at the base. The flowers are small and borne in short, branched clusters, and the reddish-orange fruit is a rounded, 3-lobed capsule that splits at maturity. This tree is considered endangered in Florida as are the other two Colubrina species.