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Clusia rosea 'Variegata'


Clusia rosea 'Variegata'

Family Name: Clusiaceae (Guttiferae)
Common Name: Variegated Autograph Tree, Variegated Balsam Apple, Variegated Pitch-Apple


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Tree (Small (6m-15m))
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Maximum Height 7.5 m to 9 m

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Clusia rosea 'Variegata' is a small tree growing up to 6-10 m tall, with a spreading crown.
Foliage The variegated leaves are thick and leathery, arranged in opposite pairs.
Flowers The flowers of Clusia rosea 'Variegata' are showy, pink and white-colored, measuring 5-8 cm wide. The flowers turn brown with age.
Fruits Its green fruits are globose, measuring about 7 cm in diameter. The fruit splits open evenly when ripe, exposing showy red seeds.
Etymology Genus Clusia is named after Carolus Clusius (1526 - 1609), a celebrated French botanist and also professor of botany in University of Leyden. Species rosea means rose-like or rose-coloured.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Fruits
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens
Usage Hazard - Cons Toxic Upon Ingestion

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Bird Attracting (Fruits)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate
Propagation Method Seed, Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Cream / Off-White, Green, Yellow / Golden
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth, Thick
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Venation Pinnate / Net
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 3.0 (Tree - Intermediate Canopy)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality 1 Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Pink, White
Flowering Habit Polycarpic

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Mature Fruit Colour(s) - Angiosperms and Gymnosperms Green

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Master ID 1523
Species ID 2816
Flora Disclaimer 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.
Species record last updated on: 15 February 2022.

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