Wild Florida Photo - Hamelia patens - Dwarf firebush

Hamelia patens var. glabra

Dwarf firebush
African firebush

Not native to Florida

Volusia Co. FL (landscape) 10/27/19
Found in landscapes in Florida, often confused with the native variety of this species (H. patens var. 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.
Volusia Co. FL (landscape) 10/27/19
Volusia Co. FL (landscape) 10/27/19
Volusia Co. FL (landscape) 10/27/19
Volusia Co. FL (landscape) 10/27/19

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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