The Info List - Hamelia Patens

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patens is a large perennial shrub or small tree in the coffee family, Rubiaceae, that is native to the American subtropics and tropics. Its range extends from Florida
in the southern United States to as far south as Argentina.[2] Common names include firebush, hummingbird bush, scarlet bush, and redhead. In Belize, this plant's Mayan name is Ix Canaan and is also known as "Guardian of the Forest".


1 Growth 2 Uses

2.1 Folk medicine

3 Chemical constituents 4 Gallery 5 References 6 External links



Firebush has orangish-red tubular flowers, which recruit hummingbirds and butterflies for pollination.[3] The corollas vary greatly in length, making them attractive to a wide range of pollinators.[4] The fruit is a small dark red berry, turning black at maturity.[5] Despite its somewhat scraggy appearance, this is a valuable garden tree in warmer climates and even in temperate ones, as long as the soil remains above freezing.[3] Uses[edit] Hummingbirds are attracted by its flowers and other birds feed on the fruit, both of which will also forage on small insects found in the vicinity, helping to keep down pests. These flowers are also fed on by butterflies, such as the statira sulphur (Aphrissa statira), which are attracted to red flowering plants. The fruits have a refreshing, acidic taste and are also edible by humans; in Mexico, they are made into a fermented drink. Folk medicine[edit] The plants are used in folk medicine for a range of ailments.[citation needed] Chemical constituents[edit] A number of active compounds have been found in firebush, including maruquine, isomaruquine, pteropodine, isopteropodine, palmirine, rumberine, seneciophylline and stigmast-4-ene-3,6-dione.[6] The bark contains significant amounts of tannins. Gallery[edit]




^ "The Plant
List: A Working List of All Plant
Species". Retrieved March 13, 2014.  ^ " Hamelia
patens". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service
Agricultural Research Service
(ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 2009-12-17.  ^ a b Welch, Willam C. (2003): Horticulture Update - Firebush (Hamelia patens). Version of June 2003. Retrieved 2009-AUG-25. ^ Fenster, Charles B. (1991): Selection on Floral Morphology by Hummingbirds. Biotropica 23(1): 98-101. doi:10.2307/2388696 (First page image) ^ Francis, John K. (undated) http://www.fs.fed.us/global/iitf/pdf/shrubs/Hamelia%20patens.pdf Hamelia
patens.pdf. Retrieved 2009-AUG-25. ^ Duke, Jim (2007): Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases - Hamelia
patens. Retrieved 2007-09-19.

External links[edit]

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Data related to Hamelia
patens at Wikispecies

Taxon identifiers

Wd: Q4919655 APDB: 88433 EoL: 2339559 EPPO: HAEPA FoC: 220006024 GBIF: 2902066 GRIN: 18240 iNaturalist: 126305 IPNI: 752194-1 ITIS: 35005 NCBI: 681445 Plant
List: kew-96031 PLANTS: HAPA3 Tropicos: 27