Category Archives: Bush Medicine

Lignum Vitae Tree of Life

All of a sudden after the heavy rains recently, my Lignum Vitae tree has burst into bloom. I then started seeing these beautiful trees in the bush on a recent trip to the grocery store. The Lignum Vitae is also known as the … Continue reading

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Beautiful Bush Part 2

Chains of white stars covered the bush, bright yellow Necklace Pod with pea flowers hanging off the end of the branches, a lone Marsh Gentian in hues of purple and clusters of pink with yellow Sea Sage and orange coloured Black Sage … Continue reading

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Lignum Vitae….Tree of Life

The other day I noticed a Lignum Vitae just loaded with bright yellow-orange fruits. The fruits are capsule shaped and they split open in September and October to expose black seeds that are enclosed in a fleshy red pulp. Commonly called … Continue reading

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Papaya or Paw Paw

The Papaya tree or Paw Paw is found growing wild throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands and we have several here at Harbour Club. Presently, Barry and I are juicing these wild papayas almost every day as we have so … Continue reading

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The all important Mangrove

Mangroves protect shorelines from storm and hurricane winds, waves and floods and also serve as valuable nurseries for fish and conch. The shallow waters surrounding the pheumatophores or aerial roots provide a sanctuary and food for juvenile fish, turtles, lobster and … Continue reading

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Christmas Wild Poinsettia

The wild poinsettia is found throughout our islands. It has leaves that are shaped like a lance and are often tipped with a deep red towards the centre. This cluster of red leaves gives the impression of a flower but … Continue reading

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Sword Bush

This is an amazing looking shrub when you get up close to it. The leaf like branches are elongated and flattened but what’s interesting is that there are ridges or toothed areas along the leafs edge. From these toothed areas, … Continue reading

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A lazy Leeward Sunday

I just can’t describe the colour of the water at Leeward on Sunday………the photo will give you an idea of just how the turquoise mixes into the dark blue at the reef line. Leeward beach is a special place as usually … Continue reading

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Sea Purslane

Sea Purslane grows abundantly in salty and dry habitats such as on the tiny cays just out from Harbour Club Villas and Marina. We decided to explore one day and stopped on a little cay with a spectacular view of … Continue reading

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Sea Ox Eye Daisy

I’m just amazed at how many wild flowers I see that are growing here in the islands. Some grow in the most precarious positions just out of pockets of dirt or sand in the rocks. There are two species of Sea … Continue reading

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