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St. John USVI Flora: Black Caper (Capparis cynophallophora)

St John Flora: Black Caper

st john usvi flora: black caper
Black Caper Seedpod

 

The black caper is commonly found in St. John's dry forest environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

st john usvi flora: black caper
Black Caper Trunk

 

 

 

The bark of the black caper ranges from a gray to a dark brown almost black color.

 

 

 

st john usvi flora: black caper
juvenile leaves
st john usvi flora: black caper
Black Caper Leaves

 

The juvenile leaves are long and thin quite different in appearance than the mature leaves.

 

 

 

 

 

st john usvi flora: black caper flower
flowers

 

The flower opens at night. It's strong fragrance attracts moths that are instrumental in pollination. At first the flower in white and then turns purple later on.