Home Publications Tree Planters' Notes Tree Planters' Notes Volume 64, Number 1 (2021) Vahl’s Boxwood, (Buxus vahlii Baill.): A Federally Endangered Tree of St. Croix and Puerto Rico

Vahl’s Boxwood, (Buxus vahlii Baill.): A Federally Endangered Tree of St. Croix and Puerto Rico

Vahl’s boxwood is threated by urban development resulting in habitat fragmentation and destruction, competition with exotic plant species such as snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata hort. ex Prain.) and coral vine (Antigonon leptopus Hook. & Arn.), as well as devastating human-caused wildfires. Moreover, the species is threatened by its own reproductive biology. Seed dispersion occurs when the seed capsules dry out and split. The tiny seeds contained inside simply drop to the ground. As a result, the seeds do not travel far from the parent plant.


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Author(s): Michael Morgan, Thomas W. Zimmerman

Publication: Tree Planters' Notes - Volume 64, Number 1 (2021)

Volume: 64

Number: 1

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