Plant Listings

Lasiocroton bahamensis

Lasiocroton bahamensis Pax & K. Hoffm.

Common Name:  Wild Oak, Lightwood, Bitters

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Habit: Lasiocroton bahamensis grows as a shrub up to 7 m in height.  The coriaceous leaves are arranged alternately, ovate to orbicular, to 12 cm long and 9 cm wide. The leaves have a round leaf apex and an entire to repand margin and a cordate leaf base. The abaxial surface is pubescent.

bahamensis is monoecious. The incomplete, imperfect, actinomorphic flowers arranged in pubescent spikes arising in leaf axils. In staminate flowers the calyx has 4 or 5 unfused, pubescent sepals and numerous stamens.  There is no corolla and the carpel is non-functional.  The pubescent carpellate flowers have an unfused 4 parted calyx, and no corolla or stamens. The ovary is superior and has 3 locules each with a single ovule.  The fruit is a triangular capsule.

Lasiocroton bahamensis grows in open rocky Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formation – Forest/Shrublands (coppice).

Lasiocroton bahamensis occurs throughout the central island groupings of the Lucayan Archipelago, Cuba, and Haiti.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage:
Lasiocroton bahamensis is not known to be used medicinally in the Lucayan Archipelago.