Plant Listings

Melochia tomentosa

Common Names:  Velvety Melochia, Tea Bush, Pyramid Bush

Family:  Malvaceae

Habit Melochia tomentosa grows as a medium size shrub to 3 meters in height.  The leaves are arranged alternately, rhomboid to lanceolate, with an acute leaf apex and crenate leaf margin. The leaf surface is covered with a dense tomentose covering of gray/white stellate hairs.

The actinomorphic flowers are arranged in few flowered cymes.  The calyx has 5 fused green sepals. The corolla has 5 unfused pink petals that overlap along their right edges. There are 5 stamens.  The ovary is superior with 5 locules and numerous seeds.  The fruit is a loculicidal capsule.  All parts of the flower are covered in stellate hairs

Habitat: Melochia tomentosa grows in human disturbed areas (roadsides/abandoned fields) and along the edges of Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formation – Forests/Woodlands/Shrublands (coppice).

Distribution in Bahamas/Globally: Melochia tomentosa occurs on all islands in the Bahamian Archipelago as well as the entire Caribbean region, southern United States, and Central and South America.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Melochia tomentosa is not used medicinally in the Bahamas.