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Faramea occidentalis – Heusito jazmin


Native to:



Central America, the Caribbean, northern and central South America.

Canopy species and thick mixed forests. 20-1000 meters above sea level. 5 meter shrub or small tree.

Faramea occidentalis – Heusito jazmin

Ecological value:

Most likely pollinated by moths. Under-story shrub with self-supporting growth form. Common in primary forests vs secondary forests. The genus Faramea is characterized by white or blue petals (corollas) and blue-black fleshy fruit with a large pyrene.

Material uses:

The wood is close-grained, hard and tough, with a heartwood that is brownish-white to yellow, sapwood white. The straight stems can be used in house-building and carpentry, in tool handles and other small objects.

Edible uses:

No record on this species.

Medicinal use:

No record on this species.

Other details:

The wood is used for fuel. Faramea is a genus of plants in the Rubiaceae family, who’s flowers are primarily pollinated by insects. Dye plants (Rubia) belong to this family as well.


Paige Katona/Christine Facella


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Uphof. J. C. Th., ‘Dictionary of Economic Plants’, Weinheim, 1959
Little E.L. Wadsworth F.H., ‘Common Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands’, USDA, Forest Service; Washington, 1964
“OUP Accepted Manuscript.” 2021. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society.
Image source: J.G.Jardim & Zappi. Pictured is Faramea biflora.

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