carrotwood USDA PLANTS Symbol: CUAN4
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Hardwood Trees Shrub or Subshrub
Cupaniopsis anacardioides (A. Rich.) Radlk.

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Taxonomic Rank: Magnoliopsida: Sapindales: Sapindaceae
Synonym(s): carrotweed
Native Range: Australia, trop. Asia (GRIN)

Carrotwood is an evergreen tree that can grow to a height of 35 ft. (10.7 m). The inner bark is orange, hence the common name. The leaves are compound with 4-10 leaflets; each leaflet is 4-8 in. (10-20 cm) long, shiny with rounded or emarginate (indented) apices. Flowering occurs in the winter, where small, greenish white, 5-petaled flowers appear in clusters in the leaf axils. Bright orange capsules with shiny, black seeds ripen from June to May. Carrotwood is native to Australia and was introduced into the United States as early as 1955. This tree can grow in full sun or shade and has been shown to be salt tolerant. It occurs in marshlands, cypress swamps, pinewoods and dunes.

Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources

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Tree(s); habit
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s);
Ann Murray, University of Florida, Bugwood.org
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Seedling(s);
Amy Ferriter, State of Idaho, Bugwood.org
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Seedling(s);
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Foliage;
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Foliage; leaves
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Foliage; leaves
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Bark;
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Sapling(s);
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s); BISH specimen
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s);
Chris Lockhart, Florida Natural Areas Inventory, Bugwood.org
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Tree(s);
Chris Lockhart, Florida Natural Areas Inventory, Bugwood.org
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EDDMapS Distribution:
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State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.

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Invasive Listing Sources:
Archbold Biological Station
Faith Campbell, 1998
Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council
John Randall, The Nature Conservancy, Survey of TNC Preserves, 1995.