Muntingia calabura

Linnaeus

Sp. Pl. 1: 509. 1753

Common names: Calabura Jamaica cherry
IllustratedIntroduced
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 6. Treatment on page 186.
Leaves: petiole 2–5 mm; blade 60–150 × 20–50 mm. Pedicels 5–20(–35) mm. Flowers: 8–12+ mm; petals 12–20 mm. Berries 10–15 mm diam. Seeds 0.4–0.5 × 0.2–0.3 mm. 2n = 28 (Costa Rica), 30 (India).

Phenology: Flowering ± year-round.
Habitat: Disturbed, nonsalty sites
Elevation: 0–10+ m

Distribution

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Fla., Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America, also introduced in Old World Tropics.

Discussion

Muntingia calabura has been reported as a spontaneous weed in commercial greenhouses in California. It was evidently brought into California with coco fiber used in hydroponics installations (F. Hrusa et al. 2002). Fruits of M. calabura are reputed to be prized by bats, birds, children, and fish.

Selected References

None.

Lower Taxa

None.

Facts about "Muntingia calabura"
AuthorJohn L. Strother +
AuthorityLinnaeus +
Common nameCalabura + and Jamaica cherry +
DistributionFla. +, Mexico +, West Indies +, Central America +, South America + and also introduced in Old World Tropics. +
Elevation0–10+ m +
HabitatDisturbed, nonsalty sites +
IllustrationPresent +
Illustration copyrightFlora of North America Association +
IllustratorLinny Heagy +
Introducedtrue +
PhenologyFlowering ± year-round. +
Publication titleSp. Pl. +
Publication year1753 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xmlhttps://jpend@bitbucket.org/aafc-mbb/fna-data-curation.git/src/f50eec43f223ca0e34566be0b046453a0960e173/coarse grained fna xml/V6/V6 336.xml +
Special statusIllustrated + and Introduced +
Taxon familyMuntingiaceae +
Taxon nameMuntingia calabura +
Taxon parentMuntingia +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 6 +