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This is a 3 to 5-meter tall bush with intersected branches. Its foliage is persistent to semipersistent with simple, obovoid leaves which are darker on their upper side. Its fragant flowers are white and pinkish, showing long peduncles. It blossoms in spring and summer yielding elliptical drupes that are velvety black when ripe. Guettarda is a hydrophile species, meaning that it thrives on river and stream banks where water concentration is abundant. It is usually grown for ornamental purposes.
Este es un arbusto de 3 a 5 metros de altura con ramas intersectadas. Su follage es perenne a semi-perenne con hojas simples y ovoides que son más oscuras en su lado superior. Sus flores fragantes van del blanco al rosado pálido y muestran largos pedúnculos. Florece en primavera e invierno produciendo drupas elípticas de color negro brillante cuando se hallan maduras. Guettarda es una especie hidrófila, lo cual significa que prospera en las orillas de ríos y arroyos donde la concentración de agua es abundante. Usualmente es cultivada con propósitos ornamentales.

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