Malpighia glabra L.
Synonym                    : Bunchosia parvifolia S.Watson
Family                        : Malpighiaceae
Local Names              : Acerola, Barbados cherry, Malphigia

Flowering and fruiting period: June – January
Distribution: Native of West Indies
Habitat: Cultivated
IUCN status: Data Deficient
Endemic: No
Uses: Fruits edible. The fruits are considered beneficial against liver problems, diarrhoea, dysentery, coughs and colds. The bark exudes a gum that is recommended as a pectoral. The plants are suitable for hedges. The bark has been used as a source of tannin.
Key Characters: Shrubs; branches glabrous. Leaves opposite, ovate-elliptic or almost oblong-lanceolate. Corymbs 4-12 flowered; bracts ovate-lanceolate; bracteoles lanceolate. Flowers; flower-buds subglobose. Calyx-lobes oblong to subelliptic; glands oblong. Petals obovate, ovate or suborbicular, whitish-pink. Filaments; anthers ovoid. Fruit is a drupe.