This plant is so blessed with beauty that it actually reflects in its’ name. Men know this lovely plant as Holywood. Talk about a heavenly beauty.
This delicate flower evolved adapted to soil that has a unique combination of both coarseness and fineness.
The Holywood has virtually no tolerance for cold. The coldest temperature it can survive equals roughly 36F (3.3C).
Though they appear moderately widespread, they rarely grow in any great number in any one location.
Holywood Physical Characteristics
The Holywood represents a perennial flora that grows as either a shrub or a moderately large tree (very versatile, aren’t they?). It may surprise many of you to learn that they actually rank as a member of the creosote family.
The Holywood grows slowly, but eventually, attains a height of as much as 30 ft ( 9.1 m). The trunk is relatively thin for a species of this height.
Extraordinarily, the wood has a unique greenish brown color to it.
The leaves grow in pairs, and will actually fold together during the hottest part of the day.
The flowers of the Holywood are most typically a light blue in color.
Their seeds are contained within a red pod and are small and black in nature.
Holywood Distribution, Habitat, and Threats
The Holywood may be found throughout a wide range, which includes the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Panama, Panama, and Florida, in the United States.
It primarily inhabits dry, lowland forest. It will, however, also inhabit regions such as thickets, pastures, woodland areas, plains, and hillsides. Most commonly, it grows inland.
Sadly, over-harvesting for commercial reasons has already made the species extinct in 11 countries.