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Plant Species of the genus Bontia

Information about this genus
Name: Bontia
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: This genus is seldom cultivated outside its native region but is easily grown with similar requirements to myoporums. It appears to be adapted to seashore environments. Propagate from seed or cuttings.
Description: Closely related to Myoporum, this genus of a single species of evergreen shrub occurs in the West Indies and nearby coastal regions of South America. In foliage it strongly resembles some of the Australian and Pacific island species of Myoporum but differs in its peculiar flowers?these are strongly 2-lipped with both lips rolled back when fully open to expose the stamens. Petals are orange-brown on the outside and greenish white inside with a dense row of crimson hairs along the center of each lip. The fruit is an orange berry.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Bontia daphnoides 9-12

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