Eugenia woodburyana is an evergreen tree that can reach a height of about 18 feet. Its leaves are opposite and obovate, almost without petiole.
Eugenia woodburyana is endemic to the dry subtropical forest in southwest Puerto Rico. Currently, the total population consists of approximately 150 individuals in various locations in Sierra Bermeja, in the municipalities of Cabo Rojo and Lajas.
Currently, Eugenia woodburyana can only be found in the Guánica State Forest, Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge, and Laguna Cartagena National Wildlife Refuge.
The most important factors that threaten Eugenia woodburyana are the destruction of habitat for urban development and livestock, and wildfires.
Eugenia woodburyana was included in the federal list of endangered species on September 9, 1994. Such action requires federal agencies to consult with U.S. Fish and Wildlife before carrying out any activity that might endanger the existence of this species or result in the alteration or destruction of its essential habitat.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 1994. Endangered and threatened wildlife and plants: Determination of endangered status for Mitrocarpus maxwelliae, Mitracarpus polycladus, and Eugenia woodburyana. Federal Register, 59:46715.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 1998. Mitracarpus maxwelliae, Mitracarpus polycladus, and Eugenia woodburyana Recovery Plan. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Atlanta, Georgia, 19 pp.
Autor: Grupo Editorial EPRL
Published: May 27, 2009.