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Taxonomic name: Chrysobalanus icaco L.
Organism type: tree, shrub
Chrysobalanus icaco is a perennial shrub that is native to tropical America. It has been introduced to different regions of the world to prevent soil erosion, as an ornamental shrub and for its edible fruit. Chrysobalanus icaco can form dense stands and become invasive. In French Polynesia, the species has been declared a threat to biodiversity.
Native range: Tropical America.
Known introduced range: Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Réunion (PIER, 2006)
Compiled by: Comité français de l'UICN (IUCN French Committee) & IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)
Last Modified: Friday, 14 March 2008