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Guettarda speciosa (beach gardenia)


Wikipedia Abstract

Guettarda speciosa, with common names beach gardenia, sea randa, or zebra wood, is a species of shrub in the family Rubiaceae found in coastal habitats in tropical areas around the Pacific Ocean, including the coastline of central and northern Queensland and Northern Territory in Australia, and Pacific Islands, including Micronesia, French Polynesia and Fiji, Malaysia and Indonesia and the east coast of Africa. It reaches 6 m in height, has fragrant white flowers, and large green prominently-veined leaves. It grows in sand above the high tide mark.
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Lifespan [1]  Perennial
Specific Gravity [2]  0.59
Structure [1]  Tree

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Pulu Keeling National Park II 6469 Cocos (Keeling) Islands    



Shelter for 
Pteropus tonganus (Pacific flying fox)[9]


Kenya to S. Africa, Trop. & Subtrop. Asia to Pacific; Kenya to S. Africa, Trop. & Subtrop. Asia to S. Pacific;

External References

USDA Plant Profile



Attributes / relations provided by
1USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
2Chave J, Coomes D, Jansen S, Lewis SL, Swenson NG, Zanne AE (2009) Towards a worldwide wood economics spectrum. Ecology Letters 12: 351-366. Zanne AE, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Coomes DA, Ilic J, Jansen S, Lewis SL, Miller RB, Swenson NG, Wiemann MC, Chave J (2009) Data from: Towards a worldwide wood economics spectrum. Dryad Digital Repository.
3Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
4Plant Dispersal by the Aldabran Giant Tortoise, Geochelone gigantea (Schweigger), S.H. Hnatiuk, Oecologia (Berl.) 36, 345-350 (1978)
5Fiske, Aviva, The Aders’s Duikers (Cephalophus adersi) of Mnemba Island, Zanzibar: A Study of the Behavior and Diet of a Critically Endangered Species (2011). Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection. Paper 1023.
6HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
7Seed dispersal by Pacific Pigeons (Ducula pacifica) in Tonga, Western Polynesia, Kim R. McConkey, Hayley J. Meehan and Donald R. Drake, Emu, 2004, 104, 369–376
8Folivory in Fruit-Eating Bats, with New Evidence from Artibeus jamaicensis (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae), Thomas H. Kunz and Carlos A. Diaz, Biotropica, Vol. 27, No. 1 (Mar., 1995), pp. 106-120
9Pteropus tonganus, Carrie A. Miller and Don E. Wilson, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 552, pp. 1-6 (1997)
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