Sideroxylon salicifolium

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Sideroxylon salicifolium

Secure (NatureServe)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Sapotaceae
Genus: Sideroxylon
Species: S. salicifolium
Binomial name
Sideroxylon salicifolium
(L.) Lam.
Synonyms
  • Dipholis salicifolia (L.) A.DC.

Sideroxylon salicifolium, commonly called white bully[1] or willow bustic, is a species of flowering plant native to Florida, the West Indies and Central America.[2] It has also been considered a member of the genus Dipholis, with the binomial Dipholis salicifolia. Its specific epithet is derived from the Latin salix 'willow' and folia 'leaf'.[3]

It is a small tree, 10–20 m tall, with smooth beige bark, spirally arranged leaves and small (1–4 mm) cream-coloured flowers borne in clusters of five to 12. The fruit is a small berry (6–10 mm long) with between one and three seeds. As it ripens, the fruit turns from green to reddish brown and then to dark brown when it is mature.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sideroxylon salicifolium". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Acevedo-Rodríguez, Pedro (1996-12-17). Flora of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Memoirs of The New York Botanical Garden. 78. Bronx, New York: The New York Botanical Garden. ISBN 0-89327-402-X. 
  3. ^ Simpson DP (1979). Cassell's Latin Dictionary (5 ed.). London: Cassell Ltd. p. 883. ISBN 0-304-52257-0.