Plant Listings

Bucida buceras

Bucida buceras L.

Common Names:  Black Olive, Bully Wood, Inagua Oak

Family: Combretaceae

Habit: Bucida buceras grows as a tree up to 20 meters in height with a trunk to 120 cm in diameter.  There is a slighty zig-zag branching system with the leaves clustered at the branch tips. The glabrous leaves are sessile, oblanceolate, to 10 cm in length, with an entire margin, acuminate or rounded leaf apex.

The actinomorphic flowers are arranged in short spikes.  The calyx has 5 fused greenish sepals. There is no corolla.  There are 10 unfused stamens in 2 series.  The ovary is inferior with a single locule and seed becoming a brown, ridged, pubescent, drupe at maturity.

Habitat: Bucida buceras grows in Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formation- Forest/Shrubland (coppice)

Distribution in Bahamas/Globally: Bucida buceras occurs throughout the Bahamian Archipelago, Florida, Central America and the entire Caribbean region

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Bucida buceras is not used medicinally in the Bahamas.  It is used in the horticultural trade.