Classifications and Characteristics
|Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
|Plant Growth Form
|Lifespan (in Singapore)
|Mode of Nutrition
|Mexico to Guatemala
|Preferred Climate Zone
|Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal
|Local Conservation Status
Description and Ethnobotany
|A small tropical evergreen shrub, reaching up to about 0.5 - 1 m tall.
|Light green oblong leaves, simple, opposite, measuring 2 - 4.5 cm long.
|Young stems are usually reddish in colour
|Yellow flowers measuring about 1.5 - 2 cm in diameter and are usually in 4 - 6 in a cluster.
|Inconspicuous oval green fruit, measuring about 1 - 1.5 cm.
|Others - Plant Morphology
|Forms dense barriers that are attractive and functional. Good candidate for low-maintenance landscapes, it is easy to grow, drought resistant, and blooms almost all year around.
|Food (Herb and Spice)
|Desirable Plant Features
|Hedge / Screening, Parks & Gardens
Plant Care and Propagation
|Dry Soils / Drought, Well-Drained Soils
|0 m to 0 m
|Mature Foliage Colour(s)
|Simple / Unifoliate
|Foliar Arrangement Along Stem
|Foliar Attachment to Stem
|Pinnate / Net
|Typical Foliar Area
|Microphyll ( 2.25cm2 - 20.25 cm2 )
|Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio
|4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)
|Flower & Plant Sexuality
|Yellow / Golden
|Cluster / Inflorescence
Fruit, Seed and Spore
|Mature Fruit Colour(s)
|The information in this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference works on medicinal plants. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Readers should always consult his/her physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.