Five Finger

Scientific Name: Tabebuia bahamensis
Common name: Five Finger

Habit: Shrub to medium size tree u 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 (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.

Cultural 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