Description: Shrubs or trees, 1.3–7(–9) m; bark whitish, corky, fissured; branches striate, olive green to whitish, slender. Leaf blades lanceolate, ovate, or elliptic, 4–8 × 2–4 cm, brittle, base cuneate-attenuate to obtuse, apex acuminate, both surfaces shiny, ± tuberculate; venation brochidodromous, midrib sunken on both surfaces, lateral veins 4–6 pairs. Inflorescences 1–2 per axil, each a 2–3-flowered cyme or solitary flower; peduncle 1–4 mm. Flowers of two forms, pin and thrum; calyx rim entire or slightly lobed, 1 mm; corolla tube yellow or orange and lobes pink to red, urceolate to cylindric, 4.5 mm (pin flowers), cylindric to campanulate, (3.5–)4(–5) mm (thrum flowers); stigma 2–3-lobed, at or distal to included anthers (pin flowers) or proximal to exserted anthers (thrum flowers); ovary 2-locular in 4-merous flowers, 3-locular in 5-merous flowers. Drupes pink, orange, or red, subovoid to ellipsoid, (7–)10–13 × (6–)7–8 mm, with persistent rim of corolla at apex.2
Culture: Parasitic, forms root haustoria. Appears to grow in cultivation without a host, but perhaps would do better with a host of some sort? Seasonally drier October through May, mark with water when dry labels for that time period.
USDA Zone: 9-11?
Accession # 200202488
Source: Marcia Kirinus - Duke
Seed collected by Jay Horn, Key Largo, Florida
Accession Date: 11-18-2002
Bench: 1302 - NEOA: North Bench E
Currently: active - healthy
Qty: 2 confirmed on 11-06-2019
BGCI Limited Ex Situ Distribution - Plants do not leave building without Manager approval!
Federally Listed Noxious Weed - Plants are not to leave Greenhouse!