Malpighia emarginata DC.
|English Name:||Barbados Cherry|
|Synonym:||Malpighia retusa Benth.|
|Flowering & Fruiting Period:||Mid Spring Late Spring/Early Summer|
|Distribution:||Native to South America.|
|Uses:||The fruits are edible, usually eaten raw but also made into juices, baby food, jam, etc. It is also grown as ornaments and for hedges.|
|Key Characteristics:||Malpighia emarginata or also known in various names such as acerola, Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry, and wild crepe myrtle is an evergreen shrub or small tree with a short bole and spreading branches. It usually grows about 2-3 m in height. The branches are brittle. The leaves are simple ovate-lanceolate, opposite, and with small hairs. The flowers are bisexual with five pink or red petals. The fruits are bright red drupes, juicy, and has high vitamin C content making the fruits taste sour.|