Surinam Cherry

Eugenia uniflora (Myrtaceae)

Characteristics

Large shrub growing to 8 meters. When bruised or cut the branches have a spicy resinous fragrance, causing respiratory distress which can be dangerous for some individuals. The leaves are ovate and glossy while new leaves are bronze and a red cherry fruit as pictured. When bruised or cut the branches have a spicy resinous fragrance, causing respiratory distress which can be dangerous for some individuals.

Distribution

Native to tropical South America’s East Coast.

Natural Medical Properties

Used to prevent inflammation. Anti-oxidants in the plant like Anthocyanines seem to boost insulin and to control blood sugar levels.

Did you know?

The essential oil is antihypertensive, antidiabetic, antitumor and analgesic. It has shown significant anti-inflammatory properties and is used in South America against stomach diseases.

Further reading:

Literature

World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species