Hamelia patens Jacq.

Sub-Family: Not available
English Name: Firecracker Plant
Synonym: Hamelia erecta Jacq
Common Name: Fire Bush
Flowering & Fruiting Period: Throughout the year
Distribution: Native of Tropical America; cultivated throughout the tropics
Habitat: Grown as ornamental plant
Uses: Ornamental. It is reported that the sour fruits are edible as well as medicinal. The stems and leaves have been used in tanning leather
Key Characteristics: Evergreen, woody shrubs. Leaves opposite, obovate-oblanceolate. Flowers sessile, reddish-yellow.Calyx tube oblong, lobes 5.Corolla lobes triangular.Fruits uncommon.