The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
The conservation of Eugenia haematocarpa is fully sponsored.
Joie Goodman and Julissa Roncal contributed to this Plant Profile.
Eugenia haematocarpa is a small evergreen tree growing up to 6m tall. The bark is smooth and peels off in plates. The tiny pink flowers are produced on the trunk of the tree followed by dark red, round berries that each contain one seed.
Distribution & Occurrence
- Puerto Rico
This species is found in a montane forest type called palo colorado. It is an evergreen forest type, described as an upland swamp, found at elevations greater than 600m. These forests are found on somewhat protected intermediate slopes and valleys, though high winds can occur at times. They do not have high plant diversity. Some of the common species in palo colorado forest are Cyrilla racemiflora (common name palo colorado for which the association is named), Calcyogonium squamulosum, and Micropholis garcinifolia. (USFWS 1993)
|150 individuals in 9 populations (Pascarella 2000, USFWS 1998)|
Conservation, Ecology & Research
Urban and agricultural development
Forest management practices (including establishment and maintenance of plantations and selective cutting)
The Caribbean National Forest (CNF) is in the process of developing a partnership or cooperative agreement with the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, Agricultural Extension Service in order to develop protocols for the reproduction and propagation of CNFs sensitive plant species. (Luis Rivera, pers. comm.)
Identify and inventory potential sites that may contain additional populations
Identify potential recovery sites
Little, E.L.; Wadsworth, F.; Woodbury, R. 1974. Trees of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, 2nd volume, FS USDA Handbook 449. USDA.