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Coccoloba uvifera

Authority(L.) L.
Common namesSea grape
Ecocrop code743

BRIEF DESCRIPTION A small deciduous tree or shrub reaching a height of 2.5-15 m. It has orbicular leaves and white flowers in dense racemes. Fruit a subglobose berry, about 2 cm in diameter, purple, clustered linke bunches of grabes. USES The fruits are eaten raw or preserved, or made into an alcoholic drink. The peel of the fruit provides a dye. The heavy, close-grained wood is used for cabinet and furniture making and wood carving. The tree can be planted as an ornamental. KILLING T The tree may withstand breif freezes of -2°C. GROWING PERIOD Perennial. It may start to fruit after 6-8 years. COMMON NAMES Seagrape, Seaside grape, Bay grape, Shore grape, Baya de praga, Mangle de falda, Raisis la mer, Rasinier bord de mer, Uva de mar, Uva de playa, Uva caleta, Uvero, Horsewood, Hopwood, Khrut thale. FURTHER INF Seagrape is native of southern Florida and the Caribbean region. It is one of the first woody species to become established on sandy shores, it is windfirm and salt tolerant. In the Philippines, it can be found at elevations between sea level and 500 m. Mentioned as a possible agroforestry species.
SOURCES (C. uvifera (L.) L.)
National RC 1983c pp 8-9 [TEXT, SAL, USE, LIG, RAIN, DRA, DEP]
Roecklein J 1987 pp 237 [USE]
Duke J 1975 pp 12 [PH, RAIN, TEMP]
Hensleight T 1988 pp 374 [KTMP, RAIN, TEXT, DRA, SAL, USE]
Verheij E 1991 pp 326 [USE, SAL]