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Mouriri pusa, Mouriri rhizophoraefolia.

Mouriri pusa Gardn. Melastomaceae. Silverwood.

Brazil. Gardner says the fruit of this Brazilian tree is about the size of a small plum, black in color and resembles much in taste the fruit of Eugenia cauliflora. In the province of Ceara, this fruit is much esteemed and is carried through the streets for sale by the Indians. It is called pusa.

Mouriri rhizophoraefolia Gardn.

Martinique. The fruit is regularly sold in the markets at St. Vincent, but no high value is set upon it, owing to the very small quantity of sweet pulp which tenaciously adheres to the seeds. The outer portion of the fruit is not pleasant to the taste, but the seed has the flavor of filberts.


Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World, 1919, was edited by U. P. Hedrick.



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