The Jamaican poinsettia (Euphorbia punicea) belongs to Euphorbiaceae (the Spurge family). It is a small evergreen tree that is native to Jamaica, the Bahamas, Cuba and the Virgin Islands. This tree grows commonly in the mountains in semi-arid areas, and can reach 3-5 m in height. The stems are semi-succulent, greenish to very pale brown or cream-colored with prominent traces of the fallen leaves lining the woody lower branches and trunk. The leaves are dark green, oblong, coriaceous, and clustered at stems apexes. They are normally evergreen, but seasonal drought and cool temperatures can cause foliage to temporarily drop away. Unlike the poinsettia this tree may flowers year round. The false flower is in fact a cyathium surrounded by large, colorful bracts.