Coccoloba uvifera
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Coccoloba uvifera

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Coccoloba uvifera. For other things known as sea grapes, see Sea grape.The Seagrape (Coccoloba uvifera) is a sprawling evergreen bush or small tree that is found near sea beaches throughout tropical America and the Caribbean, including southern Florida, the Bahamas, Barbados and in Bermuda where it is called the Bay Grape. It reaches a maximum height of 8 metres, but most specimens are little more than 2 metres tall. It has large, round, leathery leaves (up to 25 centimetres (10 in) in diameter) with a primary vein that has a red color extending from the base, and the entire leaf turns red as it ages. The bark is smooth and yellowish. In late summer it bears green fruit that gradually turns orange, to red, until there is a purplish fruit, about 2 centimetres (0.8 in) diameter, in large grape-like clusters. The fruit also contains a large pit that takes up most of the fruit.