Common Name: Small Leaved
Habit: Guapira discolor grows
as a small to medium size tree up to seven meters in height. The
leaves are arranged oppositely, up to 12 centimeters in length
(usually smaller) and are oblong with a retuse leaf apex. The leaves
can be variable in shape within the same plant. The leaves may be
somewhat fleshy in texture and the mid rib is translucent. Specimens
often have a hanging or dropping appearance to the branches.
The flowers are arranged in reduced
panicles. The flowers are staminate or carpellate and occur on the
same plant (monecious). The calyx and corolla have five sepals and
five petals that are fused together to form a perianth. Staminate
flowers are larger, yellowish-green and have seven functional
stamens. Carpellate flowers are small, darker green with seven
non-functional stamens and a single seeded ovary. The fruit is a
drupe that turns bright red at maturity and becomes ribbed (10
ridges) as it dries out.
Habitat: Guapira discolor is
found commonly on both sand and limestone rock substrates in Dry
Broadleaf Evergreen Formations (Coppice) as well as in Pine
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally:
Guapira discolor occurs on all island groups within he
Bahamian Archipelago as well as south Florida and the entire
Guapira discolor has no know medicinal uses. The fruit has
been reported to be edible. G. discolor is protected by the
government of the Bahamas.
There is a related species G.
obtusata (Big leaf Blolly) that also occurs in the Bahamian