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Psychotria nervosa

Wild-Coffee (P. nervosa)

Dull-Leaf Wild-Coffee (P. sulzneri)

Bahama Wild Coffee (P. ligustrifolia)

Psychotria nervosa Sw., P. sulzneri Small, P. ligustrifolia (Northr.) Mills.

sigh-COE-tree-ah ner-VOSE-ah, SULZ-ner-eye, lah-GUS-trah-FOAL-ee-ah

Rubiaceae

 

Explanation of names:

Psychotria comes from the same root as psyche, in reference to attributed medicinal benefits of these plants.

Nervosa means veiny, in reference to the leaves.

Sulzner is a personal name.

Ligustrifolia reflects similarity to foliage of Ligustrum (Privet).

Synonym:

P. bahamensis Mills. is a synonym of P. ligustrifolia.

Natural ranges: All are Florida natives

Recognition:

Psychotria nervosa has glossy leaves with deeply indented veins.

Psychotria ligustrifolia has dull-toned leaves.

Psychotria ligustrifolia is smaller and more compact than the other two species.

Landscape uses:  All are tough native shrubs with broad tolerances.  Wild Coffee and Dull-Leaf Coffe are very shade-tolerant.  Bahama Coffee tolerates shade too, but less so than the other two.  It is compact and dense-textured. Psychotria sulzneri prefers moist conditions.

 

Botanical

English

FL native

Growth form

 

Flowering season

 

Typical dimensions

 

 

Suggested spacing

Cultural conditions

 

Problems

Psychotria nervosa

P. sulzneri

P. ligustrifolia

Wild Coffee,

Dull Leaf Wild Coffee, Bahama Wild Coffee

Native

Shrubs

 

 

P. nervosa 10

P. sulzneri 6

P. ligustrifolia 5

 

SH-PS(SU)

WI

ME

(MO for P. sulzneri)

DT

P. ligustrifolia sunnier than the other two

 

 

 

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