Guettarda ambigua Chapm.
Guettarda ambigua DC.
Guettarda havanensis DC.
Guettarda mathiola Pers.
Guettarda rugosa Sw.
Matthiola scabra L.
Cultivated plant in Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, FL USA
Photograph by: David Stang
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[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its wood. It is sometimes used as a living fence.
S. America - Colombia; Caribbean - Trinidad to Cuba and the Bahamas; SE N. America - Florida.
Open areas, clearings and thickets in the coastal, moist limestone, and lower mountain regions of Puerto Rico[
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The plant flowers and produces fruit irregularly throughout the year[
The plant roots easily from cuttings and is used to make living fences[
The light brown wood is hard. It is used for stakes[
The wood is used for fuel[
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