Plant Listings

Tabebuia bahamensis

Common name: Five Finger

Habit:  Shrub to medium size tree up to 10 meters. Large trees develop furrowing in the bark.   Leaves  arranged oppositely and are palmately compound with 3 or 5 leaflets.  Leaflet margin is entire. 

Flowers zygomorphic with 2 lips, calyx campanulate covered with brown hairs.  Corolla white to pink to dark pink, large to 6 centimeters.  There are 4 stamens and the fruit is a capsule to 12 cm long and the seeds are winged.  The flowers are arranged in panicles

Habitat: Tabebuia bahamensis occurs in Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formations - Forest/Shrublands (coppice) on both a limestone or sand substrate with good drainage. It is a common species throughout the islands.  It also occurs in the Pine Woodlands as an understory shrub.         

Distribution in Bahamas/Globally: Tabebuia bahamensis occurs through out the Bahamas as well as in Cuba and south Florida.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Tabebuia bahamensis has been used on all islands for a number of bush medicine remedies including strengthening (aches and pains) and aphrodisiac teas,  gastrointestinal issues, circulatory problems and respiratory troubles.  It is also used in the horticultural trade.