Maidenbush, Bahama maidenbush
Heterosavia bahamensis
Phyllanthaceae


Landscape Uses:

Accent shrub in the Florida Keys. Also buffer plantings.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Availability:
Native plant nurseries. Available in Homestead at Plant Creations, Inc. (305-248-8147) and in Lake Worth at Amelia's SmartyPlants (561-540-6296).
Description:
Medium shrub or rarely a small tree with a rounded crown. Bark pale gray or whitish. Leaves smooth, dark green, about 1-2 inches long.
Height:
About 8-12 feet in height or rarely more. Usually about as broad as tall.
Growth Rate:
Slow.
Range:
Monroe County Keys; Bahamas and Cuba. In the Monroe County Keys, native from Big Pine Key to Key West. For a digitized image of Elbert Little's Florida range map, visit the Exploring Florida website.
Habitats:
Rockland hammocks.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained limestone soils, with humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.
Drought Tolerance:
Moderate; generally requires moist soils, but tolerant of short periods of drought once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Greenish-white.
Flower Characteristics:
Inconspicuous. Fragrant. Dioecious, with make and female flowers on different plants.
Flowering Season:
Spring-summer; peak in spring.
Fruit:
Rounded capsule.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.
Comments:
It closely resembles cocoplum (Chrysobalanus icaco). It is listed as threatened by the state of Florida.


George D. Gann, 2017
In habitat, National Key Deer Refuge, Monroe County, Florida, USA
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