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Bucida molinetii

Bucida molinetii (G. Maza) Alain

Bucida spinosa Jennings

Terminalia molinetii M. Gómez

Black Olive, Spiny Black Olive, Ming Tree, Dwarf Geometry Tree

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
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderMyrtalesIncludes myrtles, leadwoods, loosestrifes, pomegranates, evening primroses, many others
FamilyCombretaceaeVarious trees, shrubs and lianas, including leadwood, other tropical and subtropical plants
GenusBucida
Speciesmolinetii

About plant names...

Spiny black olive has a spiny trunk, but it doesn’t produce olives. It is a good candidate for bonsai. Among its curious common names is “dwarf geometry tree,” because of its much larger relative, Bucida buceras. It is native to the Caribbean, and may be native as well to southern Florida. The currently accepted scientific name is Terminalia molinetii M. Gómez.

Identification: Spiny black olive is small tree, rarely exceeding 4' (1.2 m) in height, with branches that extend horizontally so they are often wider than the tree is high. Leaves are about ¼" (6.3 mm) long, bronze-colored at first, aging to light green. Flowers are yellow and inconspicuous, becoming clusters of tiny brown fruits.

Online References:

Bucida molinetii on umtrees.wordpress.com

Bucida molinetii on livingearthscape.wordpress.com

Bucida molinetii on ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com

Bucida molinetii on florida.plantatlas.usf.edu

Bucida molinetii (Black Olive, Spiny Black Olive, Ming Tree, Dwarf Geometry Tree)

Bonsai. · 12/12/2016 · Bonsai West, Littleton, MA
≈ 14 × 10" (34 × 25 cm)

Bucida molinetii (Black Olive, Spiny Black Olive, Ming Tree, Dwarf Geometry Tree)

Bonsai. · 12/12/2016 · Bonsai West, Littleton, MA
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm)

Bucida molinetii description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 14 Dec 2016.

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Bucida molinetii (Black Olive, Spiny Black Olive, Ming Tree, Dwarf Geometry Tree)

Bonsai. · 12/12/2016 · Bonsai West, Littleton, MA
≈ 10 × 15" (26 × 39 cm)

Bucida molinetii (Black Olive, Spiny Black Olive, Ming Tree, Dwarf Geometry Tree)

Bonsai. · 12/12/2016 · Bonsai West, Littleton, MA
≈ 15 × 10" (39 × 26 cm)

Bucida molinetii (Black Olive, Spiny Black Olive, Ming Tree, Dwarf Geometry Tree)

Bonsai. · 12/12/2016 · Bonsai West, Littleton, MA
≈ 14 × 21" (34 × 52 cm)

Bucida molinetii (Black Olive, Spiny Black Olive, Ming Tree, Dwarf Geometry Tree)

Bonsai. · 12/12/2016 · Bonsai West, Littleton, MA
≈ 14 × 21" (34 × 52 cm)

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