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Jacquinia macrocarpa, Jacquinia aurantiaca, Barbasco

Jacquinia macrocarpa, Jacquinia aurantiaca

Family: Primulaceae    (Formerly:Theophrastaceae)
Origin: West Indies, Mexico
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterOrnamental foliageYellow, orange flowersSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Some members of the genus are reportedly used as a fish poison. They have bright fruits that are attractive to birds.

Jacquinia arborea, also known as Torchwood, is an evergreen shrub or small tree. It has a frequently thickened rootstalk and one or a few stems. The crowns are compact and often wind-hedged in their sea-side habitat. The thick and stiff, dull yellow-green leaves are spatulate or obovate, alternate or in threes, and clustered at the ends of the twigs. The small, five-lobbed flowers are fragrant. The fruit (berries) are globose, orange-red, and very showy.

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