Eugenia foetida is a member of the family Myrtaceae, the myrtle family, and is colloquially referred to as "Spanish stopper" or "boxleaf stopper."
It is a common small tree with opposite leaves that are dark green on the adaxial (upper or dorsal) leaf surface and lighter on the abaxial (lower or ventral) surface and oblanceolate with a rounded or obtuse apex. The specific epithet foetida, Latin for "fetid" refers to the unpleasant scent of the flowers.
- "A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Park Plants. John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. North Palm Beach Florida.
- Wunderlin, Richard P. Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida. 1998. Gainesville. University Press of Florida. p. 453
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