This is a Pig Turd…

Or, more pleasantly-sounding, it’s an Andira Inermis, a tree native to the West Indies.

You would know this, because some of the trees at Mongoose Junction are labeled, as part of a project by the Unitarian Universal Fellowship of St. John.

The group spent several months identifying trees around Cruz Bay and has put together a book with maps and pictures to help you identify them.

Check it out, here.

As for the Pig Turd: “This is an inelegant name for an attractive tree that has beautiful purple flowers, but its dried fruits lying on the ground do look remarkably like turds.”

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