The Universal Herbal: Coccoloba Uvifera; Round-leaved Sea-side Grape, or Mangrove Grape Tree.

The Universal Herbal;
or botanical, medical and agricultural dictonary.
Containing an account of All the known Plants in the World, arranged according to the Linnean system. Specifying the uses to which they are or may be applied, whether as food, as medicine, or in the arts and manufactures.
With the best methods of propagation, and the most recent agricultural improvements.
collected from indisputable Authorities.
Adapted to the use of the farmer - the gardener - the husbandman - the botanist - the florist - and country housekeepers in general.
By Thomas Green.
Vol. I
Printed at the Caxton Press by Henri Fisher.
Printer in Ordinary to His Majesty.
Leaves cordate, roundish, shining. This is a lofty, spreading, branched, irregular, inelegantly formed tree, but rendered handsome by its leaves and fruits; bark cinereous, thin, in the younger trees smooth, in the older ones full of chinks; timber hard, ponderous, red, but fit for little except as fire-wood, on account of its fibrous texture, unless, it should turn out to be serviceable in dyeing; flowers small, whitish, smelling like those of the cherry, Gaertner calls the fruit a superior drupe, formed of the berried calix, obovate, of a purple colour, with a bloom, becoming black when ripe, and wrinkled; pulp soft, drying into a thin crust; the fruit is very astringent, and may be used in emulsions, boluses, or electuaries, but its action is not of long continuance; it has the exact taste of bistort, and the berries possess an agreeable flavour, but the pulp is not considerable. This tree is common in most of the sugar colonies, and is generally found near the sea. It frequently grows to a considerable size, and is then looked upon as a beautiful wood for all sorts of cabinet ware, but it seldom rises so straight or regular. The Spaniards call it urero, and the French raisinier du bord de la mer.

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