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Thespesia populnea (Portia tree; portiatree; seaside mahoe)

Synonyms: Azanza acuminata; Bupariti altissima; Bupariti populnea; Hibiscus bacciferus; Hibiscus litoreus; Hibiscus populifolius; Hibiscus populneus; Malvaviscus populneus; Parita populneus; Thespesia altissima

Wikipedia Abstract

Thespesia populnea, commonly known as the Portia Tree /ˈpɔərʃⁱə/, is species of flowering plant in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It is a small tree or arborescent shrub that has a pantropical distribution, found on coasts around the world. However, the Portia Tree is probably native only to the Old World, and may have originated in India. Its name is different in different languages in India.
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Height [1]  30 feet (9.1 m)
Screening - Summer [1]  Dense
Screening - Winter [1]  Dense
Hardiness Zone Minimum [1]  USDA Zone: 10 Low Temperature: 30 F° (-1.1 C°) → 40 F° (4.4 C°)
Light Preference [1]  Mixed Sun/Shade
Soil Acidity [1]  Neutral
Soil Fertility [1]  Intermediate
Water Use [1]  Low
Flower Color [1]  Yellow
Foliage Color [1]  Green
Fruit Color [1]  Brown
Flower Conspicuous [1]  Yes
Fruit Conspicuous [1]  Yes
Bloom Period [1]  Spring
Drought Tolerance [1]  High
Fire Tolerance [1]  Medium
Frost Free Days [1]  1 year
Fruit/Seed Abundance [1]  Medium
Fruit/Seed Begin [1]  Spring
Fruit/Seed End [1]  Summer
Growth Form [1]  Single Stem
Growth Period [1]  Year Round
Growth Rate [1]  Rapid
Leaf Type [2]  Evergreen
Lifespan [1]  Perennial
Propagation [1]  Bare Root, Container, Seed
Root Depth [1]  4.0 feet (122 cm)
Seed Spread Rate [1]  Moderate
Seed Vigor [1]  Medium
Seeds Per [1]  2400 / lb (5291 / kg)
Shape/Orientation [1]  Erect
Specific Gravity [3]  0.47
Structure [2]  Tree
Vegetative Spread Rate [1]  None

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Ciénaga de Zapata National Park 1606900 Cuba  
Everglades and Dry Tortugas Biosphere Reserve   Florida, United States  
Palo Verde National Park II 46190 Costa Rica  


Aldabrachelys gigantea (Aldabra giant tortoise)[4]
Anomis illita[5]
Anomis sabulifera (Angled Gem)[5]
Anthonomus grandis (boll weevil)[6]
Aspidiotus excisus (cyanotis scale)[7]
Cardiococcus bivalvata[7]
Cerococcus indicus (yellow cotton scale)[7]
Chasmina candida[5]
Erechthias melanostropha[5]
Erechthias minuscula (Erechthias Clothes Moth)[5]
Graphium codrus[5]
Megapulvinaria maxima[7]
Neptis jumbah (Chestnut-Streaked Sailer)[5]
Nipaecoccus viridis (karoo thorn mealybug)[7]
Opogona aurisquamosa[5]
Parasaissetia nigra (nigra scale)[8]
Pectinophora scutigera (Pink-spotted bollworm)[5]
Pinnaspis aspidistrae <Unverified Name>[7]
Pulvinaria psidii (green shield scale)[7]


Pollinated by 
Apis mellifera (honey bee)[6]
Phelsuma ornata (ornate day gecko)[6]


Caribbean; North America; Oceania;



Attributes / relations provided by
1USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
2Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
3Jérôme Chave, Helene C. Muller-Landau, Timothy R. Baker, Tomás A. Easdale, Hans ter Steege, Campbell O. Webb, 2006. Regional and phylogenetic variation of wood density across 2,456 neotropical tree species. Ecological Applications 16(6), 2356 - 2367
4Plant Dispersal by the Aldabran Giant Tortoise, Geochelone gigantea (Schweigger), S.H. Hnatiuk, Oecologia (Berl.) 36, 345-350 (1978)
5HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
6Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
7Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
8Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
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