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Useful Tropical Plants

Hamelia patens

Jacq.

Rubiaceae

+ Synonyms

Duhamelia odorata Willd. ex Schult.

Duhamelia patens (Jacq.) Pers.

Duhamelia sphaerocarpa (Ruiz & Pav.) Pers.

Hamelia brachystemon Wernham

Hamelia brittoniana Wernham

Hamelia coccinea Sw.

Hamelia corymbosa Sessé & Moc.

Hamelia erecta Jacq.

Hamelia intermedia Urb. & Ekman

Hamelia lanuginosa M.Martens & Galeotti

Hamelia latifolia Rchb. ex DC.

Hamelia nodosa M.Martens & Galeotti

Hamelia pedicellata Wernham

Hamelia sphaerocarpa Ruiz & Pav.

Hamelia suaveolens Kunth

Hamelia tubiflora Wernham

Hamelia verticillata Moc. & Sessé ex DC.

Hamelia viridifolia Wernham

Schoenleinia thyrsoidea Miers

Common Name:

Hamelia patens
Cultivated flowering plant
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General Information

Hamelia patens is an evergreen shrub, usually growing 1.8 - 3 metres tall, though sometimes becoming a tree up to 5 metres tall with a short bole around 8cm in diameter[
448
Title
Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Second Volume.
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Woodbury R.O.;Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 500 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of tannins. It is grown as an ornamental, valued especially for its showy flowers, which are often borne when the plants are less than 60cm tall[
448
Title
Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Second Volume.
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Woodbury R.O.;Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 500 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - All countries except Uruguay, Chile; C. America - Panama to Mexico; Caribbean - Trinidad to Cuba, the Bahamas and to Florida.

Habitat

Open areas and thickets in the moist limestone and lower foothills of Puerto Rico, from sea level to 600 metres[
448
Title
Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Second Volume.
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Woodbury R.O.;Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 500 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height2.50 m
PollinatorsHumming birds
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details



The plant can flower and produce fruit all year round[
448
Title
Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Second Volume.
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Woodbury R.O.;Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 500 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].

Edible Uses

It is reported that the sour fruits are edible as well as medicinal[
448
Title
Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Second Volume.
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Woodbury R.O.;Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 500 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
]. The pulp is eaten[
335
Title
Perennial Edible Fruits of the Tropics : an Inventory
Publication
 
Author
Martin, F. W.; Campbell, C. W.; Rubertbe, R. M.
Publisher
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service
Year
1987
ISBN
 
Description
A booklet giving terse details of almost 300 species of edible fruits, plus regional lists of Botanical and Common names for over 2,500 less well-known edible fruits of the tropics.
]. The juicy, elliptic berries are 6 - 9mm long, containing many, minute seeds[
448
Title
Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Second Volume.
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Woodbury R.O.;Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 500 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].

Medicinal

The fruits and leaves have served for home remedies in some countries[
448
Title
Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Second Volume.
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Woodbury R.O.;Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 500 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].

Other Uses

The stems and leaves have been used in tanning leather[
448
Title
Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Second Volume.
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Woodbury R.O.;Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 500 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].

The light brown wood is hard[
448
Title
Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Second Volume.
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Woodbury R.O.;Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 500 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
]. It is generally of too small a dimension to have much function.

Propagation

Seed -
Cuttings.

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