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habit (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
leaves (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of hairy stem, leaf undersides, and young fruit (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of flower (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
immature fruit (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
mature fruit (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
Muntingia calabura L.
calabur tree, calabura, capulin, jam tree, Jamaica cherry, Jamaican cherry, Japanese cherry, ornamental cherry, Panama berry, Panama cherry, silk wood, silkwood, Singapore cherry, sirsen, strawberry tree, strawberrytree
Native to Mexico, Central America (i.e. Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama), the Caribbean and tropical South America (i.e. Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and northern Argentina).
Naturalised in northern and central Queensland and on some offshore islands (i.e. Christmas Island and the Cocos Islands).
Also naturalised in some parts of southern USA (i.e. California and Florida) and on several Pacific islands (i.e. French Polynesia, Nauru, Palau and Hawaii).
Strawberry tree (Muntingia calabura) is regarded as an environmental weed in northern Queensland and on Christmas Island. It is also reported to be moderately invasive on Nauru.
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