Bahama wild coffee
Psychotria ligustrifolia
Rubiaceae


Landscape Uses:

Accent shrub. Informal hedges. Buffer plantings.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Availability:
Widely cultivated. Available in Lake Worth at Indian Trails Native Nursery (561-641-9488) and at Amelia's SmartyPlants (561-540-6296), in Homestead at Plant Creations, Inc. (305-248-8147) and in Key West at Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden (305-296-1504).
Description:
Medium shrub with dark green leaves.
Height:
About 3-4 feet in height. About as broad as tall.
Growth Rate:
Moderate to slow.
Range:
Monroe County Keys and Miami-Dade County; Bermuda, Bahamas and Greater Antilles. In South Florida, native only to North Key Largo in the Monroe County Keys, and Miami-Dade County in the vicinity of Matheson Hammock Park and the Richmond Pine Rocklands.
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:
Light shade to moderate shade.
Flower Color:
White.
Flower Characteristics:
Semi-showy.
Flowering Season:
All year; peak spring-summer.
Fruit:
Red drupe.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Provides food and cover for wildlife. Birds and other animals eat the fruits.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from de-pulped seed. Place seeds on top of soil and sprinkle soil over the seeds to just cover. Place container in light shade.
Comments:
It is listed as endangered by the state of Florida.


John Park
George D. Gann
in habitat, New Providence, Bahamas, 2012