White Ironwood - Hypelate trifoliata
Rare in southern Florida, White Ironwood also grows in the West Indies. A shrub or small tree (45 feet), the bark is reddish-gray, and the hard, heavy wood once was used for construction. The tree is most easily recognized by its leaves which are palmately compound, with three leaflets growing from the same point. The shiny, dark green leaves are blunt and notched, leathery, and tapered at the base. Male and female flowers are produced in separate clusters, but on the same tree; the flowers have 5 white petals and a lobed calyx. The fruit is rounded, black, and fleshy.