Country of Origin: Both coasts of tropical America
Habitat: coastal areas of bays, lagoons, and tidal creeks
Description: Evergreen tree to 12 m tall and 30 cm diameter, with rounded or irregular spreading crown. Bark gray-brown, becoming rough and fissured; inner bark light brown. Pneumatophores often present. Leaves Opposite, elliptical, 4-10 cm long, 2.5-5 cm wide, rounded at both ends, entire, glabrous, leathery, slightly fleshy, without visible veins. Petiole 10–13 mm long, stout, reddish, with 2 raised gland-dots near blade. Panicles at ends and sides of twigs, mostly branched and spreading, 3-10 cm long. Flowers mostly bisexual ca 5 mm long, bell-shaped, whitish. Petals, 5, rounded, whitish, 1 mm long, and stamens, 10. Pistil with inferior 1-celled ovary with 2 ovules, slender style, and tiny 2-lobed stigma. Drupes several, stalkless, obovoid, 12-20 mm long, flattened, ridged, gray-green with velvety hairs when immature, turning brownish, Seed 1, large, sometimes viviparous. 1
USDA Zone: 10b-11
This accession has been observed in bloom on:
Accession # 200400003
Source: Debbie Black - UIUC
Voucher CONN00225898 at George Safford Torrey Herbarium (CONN). Specimen collected 9 FEB 2018.