Twenty-eight species and varieties of plants are considered to be endemic, those that evolved in the Cayman Islands, including Casearia staffordiae, Cayman Casearia, Family SALICAEAE. Ann Stafford discovered this plant in 2001, while walking on the Mastic Trail; she was looking for something else. In order for renowned Caribbean botanist, Dr. George R. Proctor, author of the FLORA of the Cayman Islands 1984 and 2nd. Edition 2012, to determine its identity, flowers and fruits had to be found. In November 2002, tiny flowers were found on this rare plant that grows only in the Mastic region of Grand Cayman. In January 2005 little fruits were eventually found. Dr. Proctor took a specimen to the United States National Herbarium at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Comparing it with close relatives of the genus Casearia, he determined that it was a previously undescribed species, a species new to science. He named it Casearia staffordiae. It is a very slow-growing Critically Endangered Grand Cayman endemic shrub.
FLORA of the CAYMAN ISLANDS
by George R. Proctor, Second Edition 2012,
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