Sp. Pl. 1: 509. 1753
Gen. Pl. ed. 5, 225. 1754
Leaves: blade lanceolate to lanceolate-linear, marginal teeth irregular, abaxial indument more ovary obscurely stipitate, subtended by ring of setiform hairs. Berries red [yellow]. Seeds yellowish, plumply lenticular. x = 15.
Introduced; Fla., Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America, introduced also in Old World Tropics.
Muntingia is widely grown in warm to hot climates for fruit, fiber, and firewood.