Clusia rosea

COMMON NAME

Autograph tree or pitch-apple

TYPE

Tree

FAMILY

Clusiaceae

NOTES

This tropical tree thrives in Hawaii where it can reach heights of 65 feet. The smooth green leaves are about 6 inches by 5 inches and arranged opposite each other. The pinkish flowers are short-lived and have approximately 6 to 8 petals. The numerous seed capsules split open to reveal many red seeds contained within. As a hemiepiphyte, this tree begins its life as a epiphyte attached to a host tree or other structure, much like the strangler fig, or from the ground. The black material surrounding these seeds was once used to caulk the seams of boats leading to the name pitch apple. The leathery leaves can be scratched with the scratches remaining on the leaves until they fall, thus autograph tree.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Carribean

NATIVE HABITAT

Banks and hillsides in forests

WEB SOURCES

wikipedia.org

biisc.org

tropical.theferns.info



Clusia rosea