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  Clusia rosea Jacq.
  Family Name : Clusiaceae (Guttiferae)

  Common Names : Autograph Tree, Balsam Apple, Balsam Fig, Fat Park Tree, Pitch Apple, Scotch-Attorney, Copey, Cupey, Star of Night

  Chinese Name : 松脂蘋果, 香脂蘋果

Autograph Tree,Balsam Apple,Balsam Fig,Fat Park Tree,Pitch Apple,Scotch-Attorney,Copey,Cupey,Star of Night
  • Record Info
    • Featured in '1001 Garden Plants in Singapore' Book (2ed) :
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Tree (Small (6m-15m))
      Mode of Nutrition :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      North America, the Caribbean region
      Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Local Conservation Status :
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Evergreen small tree, able to grow up to about 6 - 10 m tall.
      Crown: Round and spreading dense crown.
      Foliage: Dark green obovate leaves, simple and opposite arrangement, measuring about 8 - 20 cm long, margin entire, scars remain when the surface of the leaf is scratched.
      Flowers: Pink to white flowers, solitary and either axillary or terminal, petals obovate and about 3 - 5 cm long, many yellow stamens present.
      Fruits: Fruit is a globose green capsule about 5 - 8 cm wide, turns to black and splits open when ripen, contains many red seeds.
      [Others]: White latex exudes from the plant when injured. 
      Etymology :
      Genus Clusia is named after Carolus Clusius (1526 - 1609), a celebrated French botanist and also professor of botany in University of Leyden. Species rosea means rose-like or rose-coloured.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Saline Soils / Salt Spray
      Landscape Uses :
      Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Coastal
      Usage Hazards / Cons :
      Toxic Upon Ingestion
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Associated Fauna :
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Stem Cutting
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      3.0 (Tree - Intermediate Canopy)
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      Pink, White
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :

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