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Capparis cynophallophora

Capparis cynophallophora L.

Jamaican Caper, Jamaica Caper Tree

Capparaceae (Caper Family)

Synonym(s): Quadrella jamaicensis


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

Sprawling shrub to small tree with arched branches.

This handsome Florida native is also found in the Caribbean region.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 20 feet tall.
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


Native Distribution: Coastal, from central Florida south.
Native Habitat: Coastal hammocks, shell mounds.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Drought Tolerance: Medium

Web Reference

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

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-10-03
Research By: TWC Staff

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