Coccoloba rugosa - Ortegon - (Buckwheat Family - Polygonaceae) is an endemic tree to Puerto Rico found largely in the eastern half of the island. It is a small evergreen tree with a thin (up to 5 inches) trunk with few branches. The leathery, large (up to 24 inches in diameter) leaves are arranged alternating. The tree has become somewhat rare due to deforestation but still can be found in low lying areas. Currently there is a reforestation program and the Department of Natural Resources is breeding and planting them. I found several (likely planted) around La Laguna Tortugero where the pictures below were taken. I myself have two in my garden and the first pictures is of a hummingbird nest on an old inflorescence. The red flowers are extremely popular with bees. 


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