This name is not universally accepted, with some authorities preferring to use the name Clerodendrum aculeatum (L.) Schltdl.[
Clerodendrum aculeatum (L.) Schltdl.
Clerodendrum angustifolium (Poir.) Spreng.
Clerodendrum duckei Moldenke
Clerodendrum linifolium (Ewart & B.Rees) de Kok
Clerodendrum ternifolium Kunth
Huxleya linifolia Ewart & B.Rees
Ovieda aculeata (L.) Baill.
Volkameria angustifolia Poir.
Volkameria linifolia (Ewart & B.Rees) Mabb. & Y.W.Yuan
Common Name: Prickly Myrtle
Volkameria aculeata is an evergreen, sprawling shrub with small spines in the leaf axils. It can grow up to 3 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. An ornamental plant, it can be grown to make a good barrier hedge.
Volkameria aculeata is very widespread across Tropical America and the Caribbean. However, it is a predominantly coastal species and as such is subject to habitat loss and fragmentation across much of its range .The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2015)[
S. America - northern Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Honduras, southern Mexico; Caribbean - Trinidad to the Bahamas.
Limestone rocks, sand dunes and gravelly wastes, mostly near the sea but also ascending to 250 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
|Other Uses Rating||
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
An easily grown plant, succeeding in full sun to moderate shade in most, moderately moist, well-drained soils[
An infusion of the leaves is said to be an effective febrifuge[
The plant has a spreading habit but can be pruned to shape and, with its small spines and dense growth, it makes a good barrier hedge[
]. A useful hedge plant in dryish places[
Cuttings of half-ripe wood
Division of suckers
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