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Seagrapes

Coccoloba uvifera

Description:

Coccoloba uvifera is a sprawling evergreen shrub or small tree that reaches a maximum height of 8 m (26 ft), but most specimens are little more than 2 m (6.6 ft) tall[citation needed]. It has large, round, leathery leaves (up to 25 cm/9.8 in in diameter) with a primary vein that has a red color extending from the base, and the entire leaf turns red as it ages. The bark is smooth and yellowish. In late summer it bears green fruit, about 2 cm (0.79 in) diameter, in large grape-like clusters.[1] The fruit gradually ripen to a purplish color. Each contains a large pit that constitutes most of the volume of the fruit.

Habitat:

is a species of flowering plant in the buckwheat family, Polygonaceae, that is native to coastal beaches throughout tropical America and the Caribbean, including southern Florida, the Bahamas, Barbados and Bermuda. Common names include Seagrape and Baygrape.

Notes:

fruits are edible

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1 Comment

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

I saw some of these at the beach last week - but your foliage looks fresher!

tibiprada
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tibiprada

Hallandale Beach, Florida, USA

Spotted on Apr 3, 2012
Submitted on Apr 26, 2012

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