Sea Grape

Coccoloba uvifera

General Information:

Growing as tall as 50 feet, the sea grape produces evergreen leaves with distinctive red veins. It produces ivory flowers and clusters of green and purple grapes on female plants. It is native to Florida and is commonly found in coastal, sandy areas.

Medicinal Uses:

Decoctions of the leaves are used to treat asthma, hoarseness and to wash wounds. Decoctions of the wood, bark and roots are used to treat hemorrhages, venereal disease, and dysentery. Externally it can be applied to rashes and skin afflictions. 

Did You Know:

The sea grapes can be eaten raw and contain unsaturated fatty acids: AA, LA, DHA, EPA and ALA used to help with enhanced eyesight and memory.