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Urban Eco-art: Gumbo Limbo
 Xavier Cortada, Gumbo Limbo, 2010.         
Gumbo Limbo
Bursera simaruba

Description: One of the most common and important canopy trees in the tropical hammock. Also considered one of the most wind-tolerant trees.

Height: Typically 30-50 feet.

Light: Full sun to light shade.

Drought Tolerance: High.

Wildlife and Ecology: Provides food and cover for wildlife. Larval host plant for dingy purplewing butterfly. Fruit is an important source for birds, including many winter migrants.


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Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts

Xavier Cortada
FIU College of Architecture + The Arts
Miami Beach Urban Studios
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 440
Miami Beach, FL 33139

 Reclamation Project 



Native Flags

The Reclamation Project and Native Flags are participatory eco-art projects by FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Artist-in-Residence Xavier Cortada.  

In South Florida, they are presented in coordination with our project partners:

FIU Office of University Sustainabiity
MDC Earth Ethics Institute

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Xavier Cortada