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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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Synonym: Morinda umbellata
An occasional evergreen, vine-like shrub of coastal hammocks of the southern peninsula, plus Hillsborough and Brevard Counties. The range includes the Caribbean and tropical areas of Central and South America.
The small white flowers are tubular, 6-8 mm (1/4 - 3/8 in.) long with five or six spreading lobes, and appear all year. The fruit is rough and roundish, yellow and soft when mature, 2-3 cm (3/4 to 1-1/4 in.) in diameter. The leaves are opposite, simple and entire, obovate to oblanceolate 5-10 cm (2-4 in.) long.