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Pale lidflower or spicewood (Calyptranthes pallens) is a large shrub (or small tree) native to extreme southern Florida, the Florida Keys, the West Indies, Mexico, and Central America. The entire tree is aromatic, especially the leaves, giving it the common name "spicewood". The leathery dark green leaves are about 5-8 cm long and 2 cm wide. The small geenish white flowers have no petals and are borne in clusters (panicles) 5-8 cm long. In bud, the sepals are capped by a lid-like cover, which is later shed, exposing the numerous and relatively long stamens (hence the common name "lidflower"). The reddish brown oblong fruits are berrylike and edible. (Brockman 1968; Little et al. 1974; Petrides 1988; Riffle 1998)

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