Country of Origin: Old World tropics, naturalized in New World
Habitat: mangrove forest associations
Description: This evergreen tree is bushy when young but thins out with age. It grows to 40 ft (12 m) or more with a spread of 10–20 ft (3–6 m). It has heart-shaped leaves and cup-shaped yellow flowers that are produced intermittently throughout the year in warm climates. Each flower has a maroon eye that ages to purple. This species grows well by the sea.
Apparently switches to C4 photosynthesis in saline conditions.
Culture: prune to maintain bushiness
USDA Zone: 11-12
This accession has been observed in bloom on:
Accession # 199400004
Source: Webster - Seed - 1/94
Accession Date: 05-16-1994
Bench: 1107 - AFR:West Bench NC
Qty: 2 confirmed on 02-15-2017
Potentially Invasive Plant - Plants are not to leave Greenhouse!