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Useful Tropical Plants

Bourreria ovata

Miers

Boraginaceae

+ Synonyms

Morelosia ovata (Miers) Kuntze

Common Name:

Bourreria ovata
Fruits and leaves
Photograph by: Homer Edward Price
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Bourreria ovata Bourreria ovata Bourreria ovata

General Information

Bourreria ovata is a shrub or small tree that can grow up to 10 metres tall or more. The bole can be 15cm in diameter[
468
Title
The Bahama Flora
Publication
 
Author
Britton N.L.; Millspaugh C.F.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Britton N.L.; Millspaugh C.F., New York.
Year
1920
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical description, often accompanied by the plants habitat, of the Flora of the Bahamas.
].
The bark is harvested from the wild to make a locally popular drink. The fruit is also sometimes eaten.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

72
Title
Manual of the Southeastern Flora.
Publication
 
Author
Small J.K.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
University of N. Carolina Press.
Year
1933
ISBN
 
Description
Getting rather dated now, an immense work covering the flora of Southeastern N. America. No pictures, it is not for the casual reader. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
468
Title
The Bahama Flora
Publication
 
Author
Britton N.L.; Millspaugh C.F.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Britton N.L.; Millspaugh C.F., New York.
Year
1920
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical description, often accompanied by the plants habitat, of the Flora of the Bahamas.

Range

Caribbean - Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos Islands; Southeast N. America - Florida.

Habitat

Scrublands and coppices in Florida[
468
Title
The Bahama Flora
Publication
 
Author
Britton N.L.; Millspaugh C.F.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Britton N.L.; Millspaugh C.F., New York.
Year
1920
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical description, often accompanied by the plants habitat, of the Flora of the Bahamas.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *
HabitTree
Height8.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. Not very palatable[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. The orange-red fruit is 10 - 15mm in diameter[
468
Title
The Bahama Flora
Publication
 
Author
Britton N.L.; Millspaugh C.F.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Britton N.L.; Millspaugh C.F., New York.
Year
1920
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical description, often accompanied by the plants habitat, of the Flora of the Bahamas.
].

A tea is made from the bark[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. The bark is one of the principle ingredients of Jamaican 'roots tonic' or 'roots drink', a delicious blend of various roots and herbs[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The brown and orange-streaked heartwood is close-grained, hard and heavy[
672
Title
Florida Trees - A Handbook of the Native and Naturalized Trees of Florida
Publication
 
Author
Small J.K.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Small J.K.; New York
Year
1913
ISBN
 
Description
A terse description of each species with details of habitat and a description of the wood. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-07-21. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Bourreria+ovata>

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