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Byrsonima lucida (Long key locustberry)
Smith, R.W.

Byrsonima lucida

Byrsonima lucida (Mill.) DC.

Long Key Locustberry, Locust Berry

Malpighiaceae (Barbados Cherry Family)

Synonym(s): Byrsonima cuneata


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), VI (N)

Multi-trunked shrub to small tree; crown irreg.; branches erect, spindly.

A native of Florida and the Caribbean, this plant is listed as a threatened species in Flroida, under the Preservation of Native Flora of Florida Act. Like so many south Florida plants, it has suffered from the loss of habitat to development.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 20 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Red , Pink
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Dec


Native Distribution: Southeastern tip of Florida and Keys.
Native Habitat: Coastal pinelands.

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Florida Duskywing
(Ephyriades brunnea)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA


Bibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Byrsonima lucida in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Byrsonima lucida in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Byrsonima lucida


Record Modified: 2023-04-13
Research By: TWC Staff

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