Byrsonima lucida

(Miller) de Candolle in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle
Prodr. 1: 580. 1824.
Common names: Locustberry
Illustrated
Basionym: Malpighia lucida Miller Gard. Dict. ed. 8, Malpighia no. 9. 1768
Synonyms: Byrsonima biflora Grisebach B. cuneata (Turczaninow) P. Wilson M. cuneata Turczaninow
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 12. Treatment on page 357.
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Illustrator: Karin Douthit

Copyright: University of Michigan

Shrubs or trees, 1–6 m. Leaves often clustered at tips of shoots; blade obovate, larger blades 20–30 × 9–19(–24) mm, base cuneate or gradually narrowed, apex rounded or obtuse, surfaces very sparsely sericeous to soon glabrate. Inflorescences 2.5–5 cm, 6–10(–16)-flowered. Pedicels straight in bud, somewhat decurved in fruit. Flowers: anthers glabrous, locules rounded at apex, connectives equaling or exceeding locules to 0.3 mm; ovary glabrous. Drupes 8–12 mm diam. (dried), ovoid to spheroid with short apical beak when immature, glabrous.


Phenology: Flowering most commonly Jan–Jun; fruiting Feb–Jul.
Habitat: Hammocks in dry rocky pinelands and sandy palm-pine woods.
Elevation: 0–10 m.

Distribution

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Fla., West Indies (Bahamas, Greater Antilles, Lesser Antilles, Virgin Islands).

Discussion

Byrsonima lucida, native in the flora area only to Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, is widely cultivated in peninsular Florida as an ornamental shrub; it probably has little or no tolerance for frost or temperatures below freezing.

Selected References

None.

Lower Taxa

None.

... more about "Byrsonima lucida"
William R. Anderson† +
(Miller) de Candolle in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle +
Malpighia lucida +
Locustberry +
Fla. +, West Indies (Bahamas +, Greater Antilles +, Lesser Antilles +  and Virgin Islands). +
0–10 m. +
Hammocks in dry rocky pinelands and sandy palm-pine woods. +
Flowering most commonly Jan–Jun +  and fruiting Feb–Jul. +
Illustrated +
Byrsonima biflora +, B. cuneata +  and M. cuneata +
Byrsonima lucida +
Byrsonima +
species +