This small native tree is more commonly found in hammocks near the coast and in the Keys. There is one naturally occuring stand known for Coral Springs. Although not readily available in commercial nurseries it can be found and is a small, native shade tree suitable for small yards. It will grow well in sunny to partly shady sites.
The flowers are white and very small and know to be a good source for honey. The leaves are elliptical in shape and characterized by smooth margins and prominent yellow mid-rib. The fruit is very distinctive due to the cup shaped base in which the fruit rests. When ripe the fruit is bluish-black in color and the "cup-base" turns reddish orange.
The derivation of the name Lancewood for this species is not clear. It may have been mistaken for one of several other unrelated trees known as Lancewood. There is a species in the Caribbean (not found in Florida) commonly known as West Indian Lancewood (Oxandra lanceolata) which grows as a slender forest tree up to 50 ft in height. The wood is and was used for a variety of purposes and is sold as spars about 1 ft long and rarely over 5 in. in diameter at the small end. This Lancewood was once used for fishing rods and golf clubs due to its straightness and flexibility.