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Redgal (Morinda royoc) is a perennial vine or clambering shrub that typically reaches 1 to 3 meters, is usually broader than tall, and sometimes forms dense patches. It produces attractive small white flowers year-round and succulent yellow berry-like fruit. (Gann et al. 2008). It is pollinated by insects and its seeds are dispersed by animals that consume the fruit (Catzim 2007). It has a variety of traditional uses as medicine, as an aphrodisiac, and as a source of yellow, orange, or red dyes (Morton 1992 and references therein; Austin 2004 and references therein). It is a member of the plant family Rubiaceae, which also includes coffee, quinine, and the familiar ornamental gardenias.


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