(Chrysobalanus icaco)

This is a native plant that can grow 30 feet tall. White bell-shaped flowers may appear year round followed by a dark berry that can be eaten but does not have much flavor. The nectar produces a rich honey. Tea from the bark, fruits, roots and leaves have been used as home remedies to treat diarrhea, dysentery, hemorrhages, and as a laxative. The kernel oil has been used as a base in medical ointments. The kernels, high in oil content, were strung together on a stick by Carib Indians and burned like a candle.

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