Eugenia woodburyana

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Eugenia woodburyana
Eugenia woodburyana flower and fruit June13 2008.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Eugenia
Species: E. woodburyana
Binomial name
Eugenia woodburyana

Eugenia woodburyana (Woodbury's stopper) is a species of plant in the Myrtaceae family. It is endemic to Puerto Rico. It is a federally listed endangered species of the United States. It is threatened by habitat loss.

This is an evergreen tree which grows up to 6 meters in height. It has hairy oval leaves up to 2 centimeters long by 1.5 wide which are oppositely arranged. The inflorescence is a cluster of up to 5 white flowers borne in the leaf axils. The fruit is an eight-winged red berry up to 2 centimeters long.[1]

The tree grows in the Sierra Bermeja and the Guánica State Forest of Puerto Rico, and there is reportedly one individual in the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge.[1] In 1998 there were 45 trees of this species remaining.[2]

It is named for the botanist Roy Orlo Woodbury, an expert on Puerto Rican flora.[3]


  1. ^ a b USFWS. Determination of endangered status for three Puerto Rican plants. Federal Register September 9, 1994.
  2. ^ World Conservation Monitoring Centre 1998. Eugenia woodburyana. 2010 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Archived June 27, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Downloaded 22 March 2011.
  3. ^ Santiago-Blay, J. A., et al. (2003). Roy Orlo Woodbury (1913-2002): An Extraordinary Field Biologist. Caribbean Journal of Science 39(1) 1-10.

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