Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER)

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Pentalinon luteum
(L.) B.F.Hansen & Wunderlin, Apocynaceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  no

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Risk assessment results:  High risk, score: 9 (Go to the risk assessment)

Other Latin names:  Urechites lutea (L.) Britt.

Common name(s): [more details]

English: hammock viper's-tail, lice bush, wild allamanda, wild wist

Spanish: babeiro amarillo

Habit:  vine

Description:  "Glabrous or pubescent shrubby vine up to 3 m or more high; sap milky or merely turbid; leaves oblong, obovate to subrotundate, obtuse or shortly cordate at base, obtuse or cuspidate at tip, 3-9 cm long, 0.5-6 cm broad; inflorescences axillary or terminal, cymose, with usually few large showy flowers; calyx-lobes linear-lanceolate; corolla yellow, often marked red at level of anthers, 3.5-6.5 cm long; follicles rather woody, slightly curved but not reflexed, 8-20 cm long; pappus white" (Adams, 1972).

Habitat/ecology:  "Common in fields, dunes and mangrove margins and also on fences, hedges and walls; sea level to 3000 feet; flowering and fruiting all the year" (Adams, 1972). "Climbing on shrubs in various coppices, on pine or saline flats and in rocky open soil" (Correll & Correll, 1982; p. 1144).

Propagation:  Seed

Native range:  Florida and the West Indies (Correll & Correll, 1982; p. 1144).

Presence:

Pacific Rim
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
Honduras
Honduras
Honduras (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Mexico
Mexico
Mexico (United Mexican States) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Also reported from
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
United States (continental except west coast)
United States (other states)
USA (Florida) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)


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This page was created on 10 FEB 2005 and was last updated on 20 OCT 2006.