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Gymnopodium floridanum Rolfe; ts'iits'il che'

Shrub or small tree; bark deeply fissured; leaves alternate, simple, ovate to elliptic to obovate, short-petioled, base rounded to obtuse, margin entire, apex rounded to obtuse, pubescent on the under surface; flowers in racemose panicles from buds near the end of the previous-season's growth; flowers greenish.

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The rough, shredded bark offers a favorable substrate for the establishment of epiphytic orchids and bromeliads. The flowers produce much nectar and are very important in production of honey (Souza Novello 1981, Suarez Molina 1981).