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White Ironwood Tree

White Ironwood TreeThe White Ironwood (Hypelate trifoliata, Schwartz.)A rare species on the Umbrella Keys, and in Cuba and Jamaica, it is esteemed as timber and devoted to boat building.

Its wood, though hard, is far from white. The leaves have three obovate leaflets; the minute flowers are succeeded by sweet, black berries, each enclosing a thick pit.