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.

Distribution

Native to tropical South America’s East Coast.

Traditional medical use in Fiji

No known.

Did you know?

The essential oil is anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetic, anti-tumor 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