Top 10 Incredible Trees Native to Jamaica
Podocarpus purdieanus :The yacca grows on limestone in thick coniferous forests and was used in the past to make ship masts and yam sticks.
Psidium dumetorum:None have been found since 1976, so experts think it’s extinct in the wild. A single final tree was noted growing in a thicket by a stream in Clarendon, Jamaica.
Weinmannia portlandiana:It sits in the family Cunoniaceae alongside roughly 150 other species of Weinmannia, although the species Portlandiana is endemic to Jamaica.
Acaciella villosa:This unusual thorny scrub tree is native to Jamaica, Mexico and Peru. It’s a type of evergreen legume in the Fabaceae family that prefers the grasslands or plains of Jamaica but also grows in tropical wetlands because it’s so versatile.
Calyptronoma occidentalis:It’s a palm with pinnate leaves that can reach 48 feet tall. It prefers to grow near waterlogged areas such as streams and swamps but with some elevation for humidity.
Terminalia latofolia:This tree in the Combretaceae family is commonly known as the broadleaf. It’s a tall, straight Jamaican tree that can reach 65 feet in height with attractive brown bark and strong branches that grow horizontally from its main trunk.
Brya ebenus:This incredible tree is native to Jamaica but has emerged in many other tropical places, such as South Asia. Over time, it has developed the name West Indian Ebony.
Pimenta dioica:The pimento tree is known best for its dried fruits that make Allspice! The Pimento tree is native to the Jamaican mountains and is more commonly called Jamaican pepper.
Talipariti elatum:Its straight trunk can reach heights of 66 feet (20 meters) in wet areas with an elevation of 4,000 feet (1200 meters). Blue Mahoe gets its name from the blue-green streaks in its finished wood.
Royal Palm:Royal palms are beneficial to the ecosystem. Bats and birds eat their fruits, then spread seeds around the island in their feces. Its flowers are a big draw for pollinators, and at night.