Eugenia axillaris

White Stopper

  • Family: Myrtaceae
  • Form: Small, evergreen coastal tree reaching 15-20 ft.
  • Leaves: Elliptic, reflex upwards from midvein, rounded at base, acute apex, darker green on top, orange petiole. The leaves emit a somewhat offensive skunk-like odor
  • Stem/Bark: Light brown to grayish in color, fairly smooth
  • Flower: White, fragrant, multi-staminate, occuring in leaf axils
  • Fruit: Incapsulated seeds found in round berry, reddish in color, turning dark purple
  • Comments: Eugenia axillaris is one of four Eugenia species that are native to Florida. Easily distinguished by the distinct odor the leaves give off, acute apex and short pedicels
  • Additional Resources:
    The Institute for Regional Conservation Link
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