Pigeon-berry

 
 

Pigeon-berry is native to Florida, Mexico, Central America, the Antilles and Venezuela. It reaches a height of 25 feet, with a trunk 6 or more inches in diameter. The leaves are simple and measure up to 3 inches long. Flowers are about half an inch wide. Fruits are about half an inch in diameter and are edible but tasteless, birds eat them and disperse the seeds. It flowers and produces fruits throughout the year. The generic name honors the German apothecary Johann Ambrosius Beurer (1716-1754). The species name refers to the juicy fruit.


The photographed tree is southwest of Building B and is only member of the species in the campus.

Bourreria succulenta (Boraginaceae)