Guapira obtusata

(Jacquin) Little

Phytologia 17: 368. 1968.

Common names: Broadleaf blolly Corcho prieto
Basionym: Pisonia obtusata Jacquin Pl. Hort. Schoenbr. 3: 35, plate 314. 1798
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 74.

Trees or shrubs, to 8 m. Stems and buds densely reddish pubescent. Leaf blades oblong-elliptic to suborbiculate, 2–10 × 1–6 cm, broadly coriaceous, rigid when dry, base cuneate, apex rounded to slightly retuse, surfaces glabrate. Inflorescences loose, 4–6 cm; buds and branches densely reddish pubescent. Flowers: staminate yellowish green to purple; perianth funnelform, 4–5 mm, reddish pubescent; fruiting pedicel 2–3 mm. Fruits 5–9 × 2–3 mm upon drying.

Phenology: Flowering summer.
Habitat: Hammocks
Elevation: 0-100 m


Guapira obtusata is rare in the flora in the Florida Keys.

N. L. Britton (1904b) discussed the misapplication of Pisonia obtusata Swartz to Guapira obtusata and its erroneous inclusion in G. discolor (as Torrubia).

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Lower Taxa