Persea humilis

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Persea humilis
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Laurales
Family: Lauraceae
Genus: Persea
Species: P. humilis
Binomial name
Persea humilis
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Natural range of Persea humilis from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Silk bay

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Tamala humilis (Nash) Small; Persea borbonia var. humilis (Nash) L.E. Kopp

Also called scrub bay.[1]


A description of Persea humilis is provided in The Flora of North America.

The leaf is shiny green on the top, with dense rusty-red hairs on the bottom.[1] These hairs on the lower side of the leaf help reduce water loss.


P. humilis is limited to the scrubs of the Florida peninsula.[1]



It is endemic to rosemary and sand pine scrubs in peninsular Florida.[2]


The following Hymenoptera families and species were observed visiting flowers of Persea humilis at Archbold Biological Station: [3]

Colletidae: Colletes brimleyi, C. nudus

Halictidae: Augochlorella aurata, Augochloropsis metallica

Sphecidae: Bicyrtes quadrifasciata, Cerceris fumipennis

Vespidae: Euodynerus apopkensis, Polistes metricus, Pseudodynerus quadrisectus

Conservation and management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 [[1]] Floridata Accessed: February 20, 2016
  2. [[2]]NatureServe. Accessed: February 20, 2016
  3. Deyrup, M.A. and N.D. 2015. Database of observations of Hymenoptera visitations to flowers of plants on Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA.