Banara minutiflora

Banara minutiflora (A. Rich.) Sleumer

Family: Salicaceae

Habit: Banara minutiflora grows as a shrub to small tree to 7 m in height.  The often unequal glabrous leaves are arranged alternately, oblong to ovate, to 8 cm long, with a glandular serrate margin and acute leaf apex.  The adaxial surface is often shiny.

The complete, perfect, actinomorphic flowers in corymbs.  The calyx has 3 unfused, glandular pubescent green sepals. The corolla has 3 yellow unfused petals. There are numerous stamens. The superior ovary has 1 locule and multiple ovules. The fruit is a round, few seeded, red berry.

Habitat: Banara minutiflora grows in Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formations – Forest/Shrubland (coppice) and Pine Woodlands.

Distribution: Banara minutiflora occurs throughout the north central Lucayan Archipelago and Cuba.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic Usage: Banara minutiflora is not known to be used medicinally in the Lucayan Archipelago.