Red manjack


Red manjack, or clammy cherry, is native to the Antilles, Central America and the northern half of South America. It reaches a height of 60 feet, with a trunk 1.5 feet in diameter. The leaves are lustrous and up to 6 inches long. Flowers are small and are grouped in terminal inflorescences about 6 inches wide, male and female in different trees. Fruits are up to half an inch in diameter and taste like watermelon. Wild birds and bats eat the fruits and disperse the seeds. It  flowers and produces fruits during spring and summer. The generic name honors the German botanists Euricius Cordius (1486-1535) and his son Valerius Cordius (1515-1544). The species name means sticky fruit, in reference to the mucilaginous or sticky consistency of the pulp.

The photographed tree is between the Dispensary and the Student Union. It has a sign identifying it incorrectly as Cordia borinquensis. There are other trees behind the residence occupied by the Geology Museum and behind the Band and Orchestra Building.

Flowers: this link.

Cordia collococca (Boraginaceae)