Trema micrantha (L.) Blume
Acevedo-Rodríguez, Pedro & collaborators. 1996. Flora of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 78: 1-581.
Species Description - Monoecious shrub or small tree 1.5-8 m tall; bark light brown, smooth, with numerous lenticels; twigs pubescent or puberulent, angled to nearly cylindrical, slightly flexuous. Leaf blades 5.5- 14.5 x 2-5.5 cm, lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, chartaceous, weakly scabrous above, the lower surface prominently veined, the apex acuminate, the base cordate to rounded, unequal, the margins finely serrate; petioles 6-10 mm long. Flowers greenish yellow, unisexual, in short, branched, axillary cymes. Calyx deeply parted, ca. 0.7 mm long, the sepals lanceolate. Drupe globose, to 3 mm long, turning from green to orange, with 2 persistent, unbranched styles.
A common tree of moist to dry forests. Road to Bordeaux (A2100), Maria Bluff (A619), Susannaberg (A3841). Also on Jost van Dyke, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Tortola, and Virgin Gorda; throughout tropical and subtropical America.
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