Eclog. Amer. 1: 26. 1797 ,.
Shrubs or trees to 5 m; twigs grayish brown, lepidote when young, glabrescent. Stems gray, nearly smooth. Leaves usually distinctly pseudoverticillate; petiole to 7 mm, glabrous or sparsely puberulous; blade 3–8 (–12) × 1.5–4 (–5) cm, coriaceous, margins slightly revolute, apex rounded or retuse, mucronate or mucro absent. Racemes 7–25 (–40) -flowered, to 6 (–12) cm, commonly exceeding leaves. Pedicels 7–13 mm; bracts lanceolate, 1–1.5 mm. Flowers: sepals 2.2–3.2 mm, margins entire or slightly erose; petals 7–9 mm, lobes ca. as long as or slightly shorter than tube; stamens shorter than staminodes; staminodes oblong to ovate, 1.8–3 × 2–3 mm, apex rounded or retuse. Berries orange-red or red, 7–11 mm diam., pericarp smooth. Seeds light-brown, 3–5 mm.
Phenology: Flowering winter–spring.
Habitat: Coastal strands, disturbed sites, mangrove forest edges
Elevation: 0-10 m
Introduced; Fla., Mexico, West Indies (Jamaica), West Indies (Lesser Antilles), West Indies (Puerto Rico), Central America (Honduras)
Cultivated and escaped in Florida, Jacquinia arborea is occasional in disurbed coastal communities of Broward and Miami-Dade counties and the Monroe County keys.