Sea-grape

 
 

Sea-grape is native to the coasts of Florida, the Lesser Antilles, Central America, Colombia, and Ecuador. In areas protected from the wind it  reaches a height of 45 feet, with a trunk 3 feet in diameter, but it generally grows as a small tree with twisted and inclined trunks. The leaves are up to 8 inches in diameter and stiff. Flowers are grouped in spikes up to a foot long, male or female on separate trees. Fruits are up to three-quarters of an inch in diameter and are sweet but astringent. It flowers and produces fruits irregularly throughout the year. The generic name derives from an old Greek name for the grape vine. The species name means that it bears grapes, in reference to the fruits.


The photographed tree is west of the Chardón Building, it was planted in 1976 by the Alumni Association to commemorate the university’s 65th anniversary. There are other trees between Buildings A and D,  near the fence on the western end of the Research and Development Center, and east of the Biology Building.

Coccoloba uvifera (Polygonaceae)