Capa prieto

 
 

Capa prieto is native to the Antilles, Central America and the northern half of South America. It reaches a height of 120 feet, with a trunk 3 feet in diameter. The leaves are up to 6 inches long and are generally covered by minute hairs. Flowers are about half an inch in diameter and appear in abundant white racemes. The pollinated flower dries while the seed develops in the ovary, the flower then detaches and flies with the wind, its petals gyrating rapidly like helicopter blades. It flowers and produces fruit irregularly during the year. The wood is of excellent quality and receives many uses, including crafts and furniture making. The generic name honors the German botanists Euricius Cordius (1486-1535) and his son Valerius Cordius (1515-1544). The species name refers to the slight garlic smell produced by the interior bark.


The photographed tree is east of the General Library. There are three trees southeast of Building B.

Cordia alliodora (Boraginaceae)