Bourreria ovata Miers

Strong Back

Family: Boraginaceae

Genus: Bourreria

Category: Tree

Zones: 10+

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Small white flowers, fragrant. To 20' tall.

Sargent in Silva (Sargent) 6: 77 in 1894 says The Strong Back was first described in the Natural History of Carolina by Mark Catesby, who discovered it on the Bahama Islands... See Volume II plate 79.


Native to Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Published in Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. ser. 4: 3 (15): 203 in 1869.

Much taxonomic confusion. USDA show B. ovata Miers as a synonym of Bourreria succulenta Jacq. which PlantList shows as a synonym of Bourreria baccata Raf.


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