Wild lime is a frequent evergreen shrub or small tree of hammocks in the central and south Florida peninsula and the Keys. The range includes Texas, the West Indies and Mexico.
One of the most distinguishing traits of wild lime is the winged rachis on the alternate compound leaves. There are seven to nine small leaflets that are each 1-3cm (less than 1-1/4 in.) long and 0.5-1.5cm (less than 3/4 in.) wide with crenate margins on at least the upper half of the leaflet. The yellow-green flowers are very small and appear in the spring. The fruit is a shiny black seed in a brownish husk.
Wild lime is one of the primary larval host plants for the Giant Swallowtail and Schaus Swallowtail butterfies.
Zanthoxylum fagara is a member of the Rutaceae - Citrus family.
Other species of the Zanthoxylum genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
Zanthoxylum clava-herculis - HERCULES-CLUB
Date record last modified: Jun 15, 2018