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PlantFiles: Clusia
Clusia lanceolata

Family: Clusiaceae
Genus: Clusia (KLOO-zee-uh) (Info)
Species: lanceolata (lan-see-oh-LAY-tuh) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

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USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive FLTropicat On Sep 22, 2014, FLTropicat from Ft. Myers, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This shrub or small tree blooms all year at Fairchild Tropical Gardens in Miami. Blooms are also fragrant. Can be container grown (large container) for an interesting addition to your lanai or patio.

Positive Monocromatico On Oct 15, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is a typical species from the vegetation on the Brazilian sandy coastal plains, the environment known as "Restinga". Clusia lanceolata can be seen as the main vegetational component in many places, specially on relatively compact soils.

It has leathery dark green leaves, with a distinct petiole, unlike other Clusias that has almost sessile leaves. The leaves have also a white sap that may be irritatig, and definetly toxic if ingested.

The plant is unissexual, meaning that it can be male or female plants with different flowers. Both flowers are white, with a red spot in the middle, and a sticky resinous substance around the sexual aparatus. The male flowers have tens of short stamens forming a ball cut in a half, and the pollen comes out like toothpaste. The female flowers have distinct stigmas and ovarium. The resin is apreciated by certain species of bees, that harvest it like crazy.

The female flowers usually comes out first, generally followed by the male plants. The fruits are red capsules that open when ripen, expeling orange cylindrical seeds that should be sowed as soon as possible.

It needs full sun, regular watering and high temperatures. The soil can be just white sand, but it goes better on some clay soil mixed with sand. A beautiful plant more common in its natural habitat than in cultivation.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Boca Raton, Florida
Delray Beach, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Miami, Florida
Naples, Florida

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