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, commonly called willow bustic
or White Bully
, is a species of flowering plant native to Florida
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, the West Indies and Central America
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. It was previously considered a member of the genus Sideroxylon
Sideroxylon is a genus of flowering plants in the family Sapotaceae. There are about 70 species, collectively known as bully trees. The generic name is derived from the Greek words σιδηρος , meaning "iron", and ξύλον , meaning "wood."-Distribution:The genus is distributed mainly in the neotropics,...
, with the binomial Sideroxylon salicifolium
. Its specific epithet is derived from the Latin
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'willow' and folia
It is a small tree, 10-20 m tall, with smooth beige bark, spirally arranged leaves and small (1-4 mm) cream-coloured flowers borne in clusters of five to 12. The fruit is a small berry (6-10 mm long) with between one and three seeds. As it ripens, the fruit turns from green to reddish brown and then to dark brown when it is mature.