Palo de cruz


Palo de cruz is endemic to Puerto Rico. It reaches a height of 20 feet, with a trunk 4 inches in diameter. Branches grow from the trunk in whorls at various levels. The leaves are up to 4 inches long, they are thick, stiff, lustrous, and end in a sharp spine. Flowers are yellowish, up to three quarters of an inch wide, and appear in small groups along the branches. Fruits are whitish, oval-shaped, and up to 1.25 inches long. It flowers during winter at the agricultural research station (TARS) adjacent to the campus. The generic name honors the French botanist Laurent Garcin (1683-1751). The species name refers to its geographic origin.

The photographed tree is in front of the Piñero Building and is the only member of the species in the campus.

Garcinia portoricensis (Clusiaceae)