Beautiful goetzea


Beautiful goetzea is endemic to Puerto Rico, growing naturally in a few localities on the northern half of the island and in Vieques. It reaches a height of 50 feet, with a trunk 10 inches in diameter. The leaves are simple and up to 4 inches long. Flowers are slightly less that 1 inch long and produce abundant nectar that attracts bees and bananaquits. Fruits are about three quarters of an inch in diameter and have a smooth surface. Our trees produce flowers and fruits during most of the year. The generic name honors the German theologian Johann Ephraim Goetze (1731-1793). The species name refers to the beauty of the tree.

The photographed tree is part of a row of 20 trees planted behind the Biology Building in 2004. In the grounds of the greenhouse behind the Celis Building there are several trees that were propagated by Eugenio Santiago around 1992.

Goetzea elegans (Solanaceae)