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Forestiera neo -mexicana A. Gray

Modern name

Forestiera pubescens var. parvifolia (A.Gray) G.L.Nesom


Adelia neo-mexicana (A. Gray) O. Kuntze

A deciduous shrub 6 to 9 ft high, of spreading habit; young shoots glabrous. Leaves opposite, obovate, oval, or oblanceolate, faintly toothed or entire, mostly rounded or bluntish at the apex, tapered at the base; 12 to 134 in. long, 14 to 1 in. wide, quite glabrous; stalk 18 to 14 in long. Flowers unisexual, clustered at the joints, small and inconspicuous. Fruits black, covered with blue bloom, egg-shaped, scarcely 14 in. long, each on a slender stalk 18 to 14 in long.

Native of the S.W. United States; introduced to Kew in 1925, but known to American botanists long before. F. acuminata is easily distinguished from F. neo-mexicana by its slenderly pointed, longer leaves and larger cylindrical fruits. The latter species is quite hardy and grows well in this country, but its chief attraction is in the fruits, for whose copious development our climate probably is not sunny enough.



Other species in the genus