Brysonima crassifolia (L.) Kunt.

Nance, Golden Spoon, Wild Cherry


Family: Malpighiaceae

Genus: Brysonima

Category: Tree

Size: To 33'

Description: 

Large shrub to tree. Young branches have russed-red hairs. Leaves opposite, oval to 6.5" long, leathery, glossy above. Flowers on red-hairy racemes, 5 petals, first yellow then orange-red. Round orange fruit, thin skin to 1/2" diameter. Very drought tolerant.

From Bot. Repos. (Malpighia crassifolia) ...a very handsome hothouse plant, growing to the height of five, or six feet, before it flowers.

History: 

Published in Nov. Gen. Sp. (H.B.K.) 5: 149 in 1822.

Basionym Malpighia crassifolia L.

Native to Mexico, Brazil, Peru and the Caribbean.

From Bot. Repos. (Malpighia crassifolia) It is a native of Jamaica, and most of the adjacent islands, and was introduced by Messrs. Lee and Kennedy about the year 1793.


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