Catesbaea spinosa

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Catesbaea spinosa - lily-thorn
Common name: lily-thorn (English)
Family: Rubiaceae (Madder)
Distribution: Bahamas to Cuba
Description: Lily-thorn is a petite shrub native to Cuba and the Bahamas.  The showy flowers, pale yellow, surprisingly large, bell-shaped and pendant, appear throughout our rainy season.  Yellow, egg-shaped fruits are produced after flowering.  The furrowed bark on larger specimens would be excellent for placing epiphytes such as small orchids.  Lily thorn grows best in full sun to light shade.  Once established, no irrigation is required.


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