Ocotea coriacea (Sw.) Griseb.
Formerly: Nectandra coriacea
Common Names: Lancewood, Bastard Torch, Black Torch, Sweet Torchwood
Habit: Ocotea coriacea grows as a tree up to 12 m in height with a trunk to 50 cm in diameter. The leaves are arranged alternately with petioles and midribs that are yellowish and the petioles have a distinct hook shape. The leaves are lanceolate, to 15 in length with an entire margin and an acute leaf apex.
The actinomorphic flowers are arranged in panicles. The calyx has 3 white, pubescent, unfused sepals. The corolla has 3 white, pubescent, unfused petals. There are 9 stamens, the 3 center ones have glands below the anthers. Interspersed among the stamens are 3 additional glands. The superior ovary has a single locule and 1 seed. The fruit is a drupe that turns black at maturity.
Habitat: Ocotea coriacea grows in Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formations- Forest/Shrubland (coppice) on limestone substrates.
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally: Ocotea coriacea occurs on all island groups within the Bahamian Archipelago as well as south Florida, the entire Caribbean region and Central America
Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Ocotea coriacea is not used medicinally in the Bahamas.