November 27, 2006

Know your Islands: Wild Oil Nut is rare in CI

Wild Oil Nut has pale bark, mostly firm but shedding a few papery flakes. It appears lumpy, because of very broad, shallow depressions in the bark which run erratically up the trunk.

White, grey and dull pink lichens colonize the surface. The small, bell like flowers are waxy white.

In the Cayman Islands this is a very rare tree, only recently discovered in the Mastic Woodlands of Grand Cayman, where several can be seen along the Mastic Trail. The tree has not been found on Cayman Brac or Little Cayman, but does also occur in Jamaica. It takes well from cuttings.

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