Morelosia ovata (Miers) Kuntze
Bourreria ovata is a shrub or small tree that can grow up to 10 metres tall or more. The bole can be 15cm in diameter[
The bark is harvested from the wild to make a locally popular drink. The fruit is also sometimes eaten.
Caribbean - Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos Islands; Southeast N. America - Florida.
Scrublands and coppices in Florida[
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Fruit - raw[
]. Not very palatable[
]. The orange-red fruit is 10 - 15mm in diameter[
A tea is made from the bark[
]. The bark is one of the principle ingredients of Jamaican 'roots tonic' or 'roots drink', a delicious blend of various roots and herbs[
The brown and orange-streaked heartwood is close-grained, hard and heavy[
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