Vallesia glabra

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Vallesia glabra
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Leaves and fruit
Scientific classification
V. glabra
Binomial name
Vallesia glabra
(Cav.) Link
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Distribution map
  • Rauvolfia glabra
  • Vallesia antillana
  • Vallesia chiococcoides
  • Vallesia cymbifolia
  • Vallesia dichotoma
  • Vallesia glabra var. pubescens
  • Vallesia inedita
  • Vallesia punctata

Vallesia glabra, the pearlberry, is a species of plant, a shrub, belonging to the family Apocynaceae. It is native to tropical America. It also has the common names smooth vallesia[1] and tear shrub[2].


This plant is a source of shelter, food and liquid for numerous birds, which rest under its shade and feed on its fruits that are similar to small, white grapes or pearls, hence giving the plant its English common name of pearlberry.


The shrubs can reach a height of between 2 and 6 metres (6 feet 6 inches and 19 feet 8 inches).


This species is found in Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador (including the Galapagos Islands), Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay, the Bahamas, Cuba and the United States (it is a native plant in Florida and has been introduced in California).


  1. ^ "Campus Arboretum". The University of Arizona. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Plant Listings". Leon Levy Native Plant Reserve. Retrieved 26 June 2018.

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