Common Names: Big Leaf Blolly,
Broad Leaf Blolly, Beefwood, Blood Berry, Beef Tree
Habit: Guapira obtusata
grows as a large shrub to medium size tree up to 8 m in height and 30
cm in diameter. The leaves are arranged oppositely, to 15 cm in
length and 7 cm in width. The leaf margin is entire and the apex
emarginate. The entire leaves are often revolute.
The actinomorphic flowers are arranged
in panicles. Guapira obtusata is dioecious and the flowers
have an undifferentiated perianth consisted of a single whorl that is
yellowish green with red hairs. Staminate flowers have an elongate
fused perianth that is 0.5 cm long with 6-8 stamens and a
non-functional ovary. Carpellate flowers have a fused perianth that
is 0.25 cm long with a superior ovary with a single locule and
non-functional stamens apprised to the ovary wall. The fruit is a
drupe that turns bright red at maturity and develops ribs.
Habitat: Guapira obtusata
grows in Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formations-Forests/Shrubalnds
(coppice) on both lime stone and sand substrates.
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally:
Guapira obtusata occurs on all island groups in the Bahamian
Archipelago as well as southern Florida, and the Greater Antilles
Guapira obtusata has no known medicinal usage in the Bahamas.
Guapira obtusata is a common
species through out the islands and produces a large amount of fleshy
fruits that support a diverse avian population.