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USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Buxus Vahlii

Buxus vahlii is a perennial shrub or small tree that can grow to a height of 15 feet. It has dioecious flowers that grow in clusters and bloom from December to April and produce small, shiny black seeds. This species does not reproduce vegetatively. It is native to Puerto Rico and St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands where it is known from no more than four populations total.

Buxus vahlii is a federally protected, critically endangered species. There are only three known populations of Buxus vahlii on St. Croix. Threats include limestone quarrying, habitat destruction and development pressure. There are currently no conservation plans in place to restore the population growth of these shrubs.