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Bourreria succulenta

Bourreria succulenta Jacq.

Bourreria domingensis auct. non (DC.) Griseb.

Bourreria ovata Miers

Strongbark, Smooth Strongback, Bahama Strongbark, Bodywood

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyBoraginaceaeBorages or forget-me-nots
GenusBourreriaChosen by Patrick Browne to honour German pharmacist Johann Ambrosius Beurer
Speciessucculentathick and fleshy, juicy, from the roots succus, "juice," and -ulentus, a suffix indicating an abundance of

About plant names...

Strongbark is endangered, found in sand and limestone substrate-based dry broadleaf evergreen forests in south Florida, the Bahamas region, and the keys. People cannot seem to agree on the name. “Strongbark” or “strongback”? “Strongback” is said to derive from the bark’s purported aphrodisiac pro­perties: strong backs for bedroom performance.

Plants: Trees are 10-15' (3-4.6 m) high, rarely reaching 28' (8.5 m). They are 5-15' (1.5-4.6 m) around. Trunks are ¾-4" (2-10 cm) around, rarely reaching 8" (20 cm).

Leaves: Alternate, up to 4½" (12 cm) long, with smooth edges. Leaf stems (petioles) are yellow-green.

Flowers: White, with five white fused petals. There are five stamens, fused against the flower and alternating with the petals. The flowers are showy and persist through the summer.

Fruits: Orange-red to saffron, attractive, less than ¼" (6.3 mm) around.

Edibility: Fruits are barely edible, said to be sweet but soapy tasting. A tea can be prepared from the bark.

Online References:

Bourreria succulenta on www.levypreserve.org

Bourreria succulenta on www.eattheweeds.com

Bourreria succulenta on www.fnps.org

Bourreria succulenta on explorer.natureserve.org

Bourreria succulenta description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 3 Jul 2017.

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Bourreria succulenta (Strongbark, Smooth Strongback, Bahama Strongbark, Bodywood)

4/14/2015 · Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, Key Largo, FL
≈ 10 × 7" (25 × 16 cm)

Bourreria succulenta (Strongbark, Smooth Strongback, Bahama Strongbark, Bodywood)

4/14/2015 · Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, Key Largo, FL
≈ 24 × 16" (59 × 39 cm)

Bourreria succulenta (Strongbark, Smooth Strongback, Bahama Strongbark, Bodywood)

4/14/2015 · Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, Key Largo, FL
≈ 24 × 16" (59 × 39 cm)

Bourreria succulenta (Strongbark, Smooth Strongback, Bahama Strongbark, Bodywood)

4/14/2015 · Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, Key Largo, FL
≈ 15 × 10" (37 × 25 cm)

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