Wild Florida Photo - Hamelia patens - Dwarf firebush
Hamelia patens var. glabra
Not native to Florida
Found in landscapes in Florida, often confused with the native variety of this species (H. patens
). This variety (glabra
) is native to extreme southern Mexico, Central and northern South America, plus Trinidad and Tobago.
Dwarf firebush has whorls of usually 4 (but sometimes 3) glossy smooth leaves (glabrous). The flowers are yellow with red bases and red lines running laterally along the ridges. They also have a tight constriction above the base.
Often called African firebush because the plant that was originally imported into Florida came from a botanical garden in South Africa.
For more on the difference between native and non-native firebush, read The Hamelia Mess by Roger Hammer
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Hamelia patens is a member of the Rubiaceae - Madder family.
Other species of the Hamelia genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
Hamelia patens var. patens - FIREBUSH
Date record last modified: Nov 04, 2019