Excerpts from Jim Conrad's Naturalist Newsletter. It's the Bec tree in full flower. I'd expected the tree's branches to be busy with pollinators but certainly not as full of activity as what I found. I've ever seen a tree more teeming with butterflies, bees and other pollinators than that one. You can see a single, windblown, well butterflied branch high up below:.
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All rights reserved. Facebook Page Login. Accession Count: 3. Common Name: Bastard Cherry. Find this plant on campus. Family Name: Boraginaceae. Botanical Name: Ehretia tinifolia. Sub Species:. Compound: Ere tin. Geographic Origin: Mexican Tropics. Ecozone Origin: Neotropic. Biome Origin:. Natural History: After searching the web for minimal details on how the Malpighia linearis also known as the Bastard Cherry, came to be.
The tree originated in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico 2. It has not spread to any other country possibly due to its isolated location with constant rainfall.
It only needs a moderate amount of water to deter the flowers and leaves from dying. Ethnobotany: This tree yields flowers, which pollinate leading to it producing seeds 2 that can be consumed by both humans and animals.
This plant can also provide shelter for any animal willing to climb its shrub 3. It provides shade to any human or animal trying to escape the heat.
Height: 6 - 10 feet. Width: 6 - 10 feet. Growth Rate: Moderate Growing. Grow Season: Spring. Flower Season: Summer. Color: Red. Function: Habitat. Spread: Spreading. Allergen: Non-allergenic. Invasive: Benign. Toxicity: Benign. Hardy: Tender. Water Use: Moderate Water Use.
Ehretia tinifolia is a woody, perennial tree, usually 0. The flower is urceolate , white to Mexican pink and grouped in clusters of five to eight flowers. The plant can reproduce vegetatively from branches that are buried, but this type of reproduction is rare. The fruit is a depressed, smooth sphere, approximately 5 to 8mm, fleshy and edible. Mature at the end of spring or late summer. When ripe it is yellow. The fruits are consumed by bears, coyotes, foxes, rabbits, rodents, wild turkeys and even by ants.