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Malpighia glabra L., Sp. Pl. 425. 1753.

Eng.: Barbados cherry.

Shrubs; branches glabrous. Leaves ovate-elliptic or almost oblong-lanceolate, acute at base, acuminate at apex, revolute along margins, 3-6 x 3-4 cm, chartaceous or subcoriaceous, glabrous; petioles 1-4 mm long, glabrous. Corymbs 4-12-flowered; pedicels 6-15 mm long, articulate below middle at about 2.6-5 mm from base; bracts ovate-lanceolate, 1.5-2.5 mm long; bracteoles lanceolate, scarcely 1 mm long. Flowers 12-16 mm across; flower-buds subglobose, 3-4 mm across. Calyx-lobes oblong to subelliptic; glands oblong, ca 2-3 mm long. Petals obovate, ovate or suborbicular, whitish-pink. Filaments 1-1.5 mm long; anthers ovoid, 0.75 mm long. Styles ca 4 m.m long. Drupes ca 9 mm across.

Fl. & Fr. June - Nov.

Commonly cultivated in gardens.

Native of West Indies.

Uses. Fruits are eaten and also used in preserves and jellies. The fruits are considered useful in dysentery, diarrhoea and liver disorders. The bark is used for tanning hides.


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