Saturday, November 26, 2011

Clusius: Singapore holly




The colloquial name is an absolute misnomer. Malpighia coccigera is neither from Singapore -- it is a plant from the Caribbean -- nor is it a holly. This illustration by Carolus Clusius (1526-1609) baffled me at first because the flowers have, to my eye, a kind of acorn shape. But, as you can see from the leaves, it is not an oak.

A few facts about Clusius

A few facts about Malpighia coccigera
1. It is native to the Caribbean.
2. The flower color is pink to light purple.
3. The plant is sometimes used in bonsai.
4. It is about three feet tall and about two to five feet wide.

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