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Useful Tropical Plants

Guettarda scabra

(L.) Vent.

Rubiaceae

+ Synonyms

Guettarda ambigua Chapm.

Guettarda ambigua DC.

Guettarda havanensis DC.

Guettarda mathiola Pers.

Guettarda rugosa Sw.

Matthiola scabra L.

Common Name:

Guettarda scabra
Cultivated plant in Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, FL USA
Photograph by: David Stang
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General Information

Guettarda scabra is an evergreen shrub or a tree with an open, spreading crown; it usually grows from 3 - 10 metres tall. The bole can be 10cm in diameter[
447
Title
Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1964
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 250 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
,
787
Title
Flora of Dominica, Part 2: Dicotyledoneae
Publication
Smithsonian Contributions to Botany No. 77
Author
Nicolson D.H.; et al
Website
http://www.sil.si.edu/smithsoniancontributions/Botany/
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute Press; Washington
Year
1991
ISBN
90-10415
Description
A terse but very useful flora with a somewhat limited botanical description plus range, habitat and some uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its wood. It is sometimes used as a living fence.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

82
Title
Manual of the Trees of N. America.
Publication
 
Author
Sargent. C. S.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Dover Publications Inc. New York.
Year
1965
ISBN
0-486-20278-X
Description
Two volumes, a comprehensive listing of N. American trees though a bit out of date now. Good details on habitats, some details on plant uses. Not really for the casual reader. It can be downloaded from the internet.

Range

S. America - Colombia; Caribbean - Trinidad to Cuba and the Bahamas; SE N. America - Florida.

Habitat

Open areas, clearings and thickets in the coastal, moist limestone, and lower mountain regions of Puerto Rico[
447
Title
Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1964
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 250 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height5.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



The plant flowers and produces fruit irregularly throughout the year[
447
Title
Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1964
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 250 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant roots easily from cuttings and is used to make living fences[
787
Title
Flora of Dominica, Part 2: Dicotyledoneae
Publication
Smithsonian Contributions to Botany No. 77
Author
Nicolson D.H.; et al
Website
http://www.sil.si.edu/smithsoniancontributions/Botany/
Publisher
Smithsonian Institute Press; Washington
Year
1991
ISBN
90-10415
Description
A terse but very useful flora with a somewhat limited botanical description plus range, habitat and some uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Other Uses

The light brown wood is hard. It is used for stakes[
447
Title
Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1964
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 250 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].
The wood is used for fuel[
447
Title
Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Publication
 
Author
Little E.L.; Wadsworth F.H.
Publisher
USDA, Forest Service; Washington.
Year
1964
ISBN
 
Description
Contains detailed information, and usually an illustration, on 250 tree species, including both native and exotic species.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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