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Island marlberry
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Scientific classification
Genus:
Ardisia
Species:
escallonioides
Synonyms
  • Ardisia pickeringia Torr. & A. Gray ex A. DC.
  • Bladhia paniculata (Nutt.) Sudw. ex Sarg.
  • Cyrilla paniculata Nutt.
  • Icacorea paniculata (Nutt.) Sudw.
  • Pickeringia paniculata (Nutt.) Nutt.
  • Tinus escallonioides (Schltdl. & Cham.) Kuntze
  • Tinus pickeringia (Torr. & A. Gray ex A. DC.) Kuntze

Ardisia escallonioides, the Island marlberry, is a plant species native to the West Indies and neighboring areas. It has been reported from Barbados, Bermuda, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Florida.

Ardisia escallonioides is a shrub or tree up to 15 m (50 feet) tall. It has elliptic leaves up to 17 cm (7 inches) long. Flowers are borne in a panicle of up to 20 flowers. Each flower is white to pink, up to 7 mm (0.3 inches) across. Fruits are fleshy drupes up to 7 mm (0.3 inches) across, red at first then turning black.

Uses

Fruits of A. escallonioides are reported to be edible, but some consider the taste to be unpleasant.

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