colicwood Myrsinaceae Myrsine
cubana A. DC.
Leaf: Alternate, simple, evergreen and leathery, narrowly elliptical to obovate, to 4 inches long, shiny dark green above and below, margins entire and somewhat rolled, borne on a short petiole.
Flower: Species is mostly dioecious; flowers are small, pale yellow-green to white, borne in tight clusters along the branches; appearing any time of year.
Fruit: A 1/4 inch round blue-black drupe borne is small clusters along the branches; initially green, ripening the year after flowering.
Twig: Moderate to slender, glabrous, green to gray-brown; leaf scars rounded.
Bark: Gray-brown and somewhat warty.
Form: An upright shrub or small tree with a narrow, reaching 30 feet tall.