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Hamelia patens Jacq. var. glabra
Glabrous firebush, Hummingbird bush

Family: Rubiaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Shrub

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Southern Mexico, Central America, and South America; now widely cultivated in Florida and naturalizing.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

South Florida History and Distribution: Distinguished from the native Hamelia patens var. patens in having leaves without appressed hairs, typically in whorls of 4 (versus 3). See also The Hamelia Mess by Roger Hammer.

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Other data on Hamelia patens var. glabra available from :

Hamelia patens var. glabra has been found in the following 3 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Girl Scouts South Miami Little House Present Not Native, Cultivated Only
Red Reef Park, including Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Present Not Native, Naturalized
South Beach Park Present Not Native, Naturalized