Clusia rosea


Enum. Syst. Pl., 34. 1760.

Common names: Autograph-tree
Synonyms: Clusia retusa Poiret
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 6. Treatment on page 68.

Plants free-standing or epiphytic or epilithic, 0.1–10(–18) m. Leaves: petiole 10–20 mm; blade obovate, 7–15(–23) × 6.4–15 cm, base ± cuneate, apex rounded to emarginate. Inflorescences: peduncle 2 mm; bracts connate. Flowers: staminate unknown; pistillate: sepals in unequal pairs, spatulate to obovate, usually cucullate, to 1.5 × 2 cm; petals obovate-clawed, 3–4 cm, waxy; [staminodes connate, forming resinous cupule]; ovary globose; stigmas 6–9(–12). Capsules yellow, flushed red, globose, 5–8 cm diam.

Phenology: Flowering summer.
Habitat: Disturbed sites, near beaches
Elevation: 0–10 m


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Fla., Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America.


Clusia rosea is widely cultivated in Florida and is established in Broward and Miami-Dade counties; it is native in the Keys (Monroe County). In the flora area, staminate flowers are not known; C. rosea may be apomictic (B. Maguire 1976).

Selected References


Lower Taxa