Styrax portoricensis

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Styrax portoricensis
Palo de Jazmín (Sp.), Styrax portoricensis (Sci.), endemic species Luquillo Mountains, Puerto Rico..jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Styracaceae
Genus: Styrax
Species: S. portoricensis
Binomial name
Styrax portoricensis
Krug & Urban

Styrax portoricensis, locally known as palo de jazmin,[1] is a species of flowering plant in the family Styracaceae. It is endemic to Puerto Rico. It is one of the rarest endemic trees of Puerto Rico and is known to occur only in the northeastern Luquillo Mountains (Sierra de Luquillo) and the north-central Cayey Mountains (Sierra de Cayey).

Description[edit]

Palo de jazmín is an evergreen tree that can reach 65 feet (19.8 meters) in height. It is recognized by star-shaped hairs on twigs, veins of lower leaf surfaces, branches of flower clusters, flowers and fruits; elliptically shaped leaves, 2 ¾ to 4 ¾ inches (6.9 to 12 centimeters) long and 1 ¼ to 2 inches (3 to 5 centimeters) wide, with six to seven ½ inch (1.2 centimeter) star-shaped whitish flowers drooping on short curved stalks. It has pointed gray-green fruit with cup-shaped outer leaves (calyces) for protection. It flowers in September, and October; fruits in April.

Distribution[edit]

It is very rare in Luquillo and Cayey mountains; El Yunque National Forest and Carite State Forest.

Threats[edit]

Currently listed under section (4) (C) 2 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 with a classification of Endangered on the list of Endangered or Threatened Wildlife and Plants (50 CFR 17.11 – 17.12).[2]

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Styrax portoricensis". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Palo de Jazmín (Sp.), Styrax portoricensis (Sci.)". Endemic Plant Facts - El Yunque National Forest. United States Forest Service.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.