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Useful Tropical Plants

Casearia hirsuta

Sw.

Salicaceae

+ Synonyms

Guidonia hirsuta (Sw.) M. Gómez

Samyda hirsuta (Sw.) Poir.

Samyda pubescens Desv. ex Ham.

Common Name: Wild Coffee

Casearia hirsuta
Shrubby plant growing in native habitat
Photograph by: Reinaldo Aguilar
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General Information

Wild coffee is usually a deciduous shrub that can vary in height from 2.4 - 5 metres, though occasionally it will be more tree-like and grow up to 7.5 metres tall with a slender bole[
342
Title
Flora of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Fawcett. W. & Rendle. A. B.
Publisher
British Museum
Year
1910
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, so many name changes. Nevertheless, a very good guide to the plants of the Caribbean. The book is out of copyright and can be legally downloaded from various websites.
,
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.
].
The plant is sometimes harvested for its wood, which is used locally[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

342
Title
Flora of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Fawcett. W. & Rendle. A. B.
Publisher
British Museum
Year
1910
ISBN
 
Description
Rather dated, so many name changes. Nevertheless, a very good guide to the plants of the Caribbean. The book is out of copyright and can be legally downloaded from various websites.

Range

Northern S. America - Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, north to Costa Rica and the Caribbean.

Habitat

Thickets and woodland margins, often invading pastures, mainly on limestone soils, at elevations of 75 - 800 metres[
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitDeciduous Shrub
Height5.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The soft wood is used for making furniture[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Propagation

Seed -

Comments

Joanne Mercille 03rd January 2016 19:27
This plant will grow in a mist bed by cuttings. It can be used as horticulture near a house be cause it is very fragrant but the leaves are not as eaten up like c. odorata, the red strawberry like fruits are interesting and attracts birds.

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