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Habit Plants free-standing or epiphytic or epilithic, 0.1–10(–18) m.

petiole 10–20 mm;

blade obovate, 7–15(–23) × 6.4–15 cm, base ± cuneate, apex rounded to emarginate.


peduncle 2 mm;

bracts connate.


staminate unknown; pistillate: sepals in unequal pairs, spatulate to obovate, usually cucullate, to 1.5 × 2 cm;

petals obovate-clawed, 3–4 cm, waxy;

[staminodes connate, forming resinous cupule];

ovary globose;

stigmas 6–9(–12).


yellow, flushed red, globose, 5–8 cm diam.

Clusia rosea

Phenology Flowering summer.
Habitat Disturbed sites, near beaches
Elevation 0–10 m (0–0 ft)
from FNA
FL; Mexico; Central America; South America; West Indies
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Clusia rosea is widely cultivated in Florida and is established in Broward and Miami-Dade counties; it is native in the Keys (Monroe County). In the flora area, staminate flowers are not known; C. rosea may be apomictic (B. Maguire 1976).

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Source FNA vol. 6, p. 68.
Parent taxa Clusiaceae > Clusia
Synonyms C. retusa
Name authority Jacquin: Enum. Syst. Pl., 34. (1760)
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