The "Maricao," native to many islands of the West Indies and to continental tropical America, forms a medium-sized to large tree that sometimes reaches a height of 70 to 80 feet. The elliptic or lanceolate leaves are 2 to 4 inches in length (5-10 cm) by about 1 inch (2.5 cm)in width. The leaves are pubescent when young but nearly free of hairs when mature.
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