People do use it in Pulav and sometimes in Biriyani;
The fruit on my tree is only 6mm in diameter. The flowers are barely 4 mm in diameter. The leaves have the flavour of several spices;
S. Mexico to C. America, Caribbean as per WCSP;
Bahamas, Cayman Isl., Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Mexico (Campeche, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Chiapas, Jalisco, Oaxaca, San Luis Potosi, Tabasco, Veracruz), Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Trinidad (introduced), Surinam (introduced), Puerto Rico (introduced), Virgin Isl. (introduced) (St. Croix (introduced)), Lesser Antilles (introduced) (Anguilla (introduced), St. Martin (introduced), St. Barts (introduced), Barbuda (introduced), Antigua (introduced), Saba (introduced), St. Eustatius (introduced), Montserrat (introduced), Guadeloupe (introduced), Marie Galante (introduced), Dominica (introduced), Martinique (introduced), St. Lucia (introduced), St. Vincent (introduced), Grenadines (introduced), Grenada (introduced), Barbados (introduced)), Colombia (introduced), trop. Africa (introduced), Seychelles (introduced), Fiji (introduced), Micronesia (introduced) (Yap (introduced)), Society Isl. (introduced) (Tahiti (introduced)), Cook Isl. (introduced) (Rarotonga (introduced)), Hawaii (introduced) (Kauai (introduced) (Koloa
District (introduced)), East Maui (introduced) (Ha`iku) (introduced)), Micronesia (introduced) (Pohnpei) (introduced))
as per Catalogue of Life;


some pictures of flowers, leaves and trunk of Allspice.
Date & Time 29/05/2011
Location: Place, Altitude, GPS  Chethalayam, Wayanad. 
Habitat: Garden, Urban, Wild Type:      Garden
Plant Habit: Tree, Shrub, Climber, Herb Tree.
Height, Length. 20’

The fruit on my tree is only 6mm in diameter. The flowers are barely 4 mm in diameter. The leaves have the flavour of several spices.
and now the link for allspice.

beautiful tree and flowers. We have the same tree growing in our Society’s garden. We use the leaves in pulavs.

Oh! yes, people do use it in Pulav and sometimes in Biriyani.

nice discussion i search for this tree and i found it this is Pimenta dioca (all spices)
please visit this link




Request Tree ID 148 – Bangalore – RA: 7 images.

Pimenta officinalis

… reached correctly it seems.. Nice member of Myrtaceae indeed !!!
Pimenta dioica (L.) Merr. is the accepted name of Pimenta officinalis Lindl.

Thanks … Lalbagh has a big tree, but I didn’t see any flowers till now.

Crassulaceae, Combretaceae and Myrtaceae Fortnight :: Myrtaceae :: Pimenta dioica :: Mumbai :: ARKDEC-32 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
Attached are pictures of Pimenta dioica captured at a cultivated garden in Mumbai in June 2013.
Requested to please validate the ID. 

Thanks for sharing …


Requesting ID of this plant cultivated – Mumbai :02072013 : ARK-02 : June 2013 : Attachments (2).  3 posts by 2 authors.
Requesting to please ID this cultivated plant captured in Mumbai in June 2013.

This plant is known as All spice and native to islands of Jamaica.
Scientific name is: Pimenta dioica (L.) Merr.


Presenting few images of Pimenta dioica  (Myrtaceae) …The Allspice plant. 

Habit:A medium sized tree 


Sighting:Chikmagalur,Karnataka about 1200 msl 

Date:05-11-2016, 16-11-2016 and 15-12-2016

Thanks for showing this species. We often talk about this species in the lectures of Economic Botany. The students will be able to see flowers also of this species.

Thanks … I have this growing in my backyard.

Ms/June/2018/ 1- ID of the tree : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Please ID the tree photographed in Mysore. For me it looks Pimenta dioica (All spice tree). 

I also think close to images at Pimenta dioica


MS/2019/5/1 : Allspice plant : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (6)
I am posting a few pictures of ‘All spice’ plant (a big shrub or a small tree) grown in my home garden. It looks like Pimenta dioica. Please confirm the ID/ suggest the ID. Unfortunately the flower pictures are not very clear due to camera problem.
Leaves and dried fruits are used in culinary, especially leaves for pulav !

It is an Allspice plant. I have one too. The leaves and flowers look like Allspice.

if you are using it, can you describe the decent? google images for leaves shows a variation in size and pointed or rounded tips of the leaves but i remember this plant from one of the Hawaiian bot gardens a few years ago. your leaves match my memory. flowers are similar to what … showed a few days ago. may be we can revisit his thread?


Plant for ID : Nasik : 28JAN22 : AK – 41: 2 images.
A potted plant seen at a nursery in Nasik.

Was given to understand that this is Cloves that we use as a spice.

Syzygium aromaticum?

I am doubtful as per images at Syzygium aromaticum (Cultivated)

Pimenta dioica (L.) Merr. [Myrtaceae].

Many thanks … for the correct id.
The All Spice plant.


Swamy/New series/ID/69 – Pimento dioica: 6 images.
I am forwarding herewith the photographs of Pimento dioica. Commonly known as allspice plant. Photos taken  in my Garden (Mysore) over a period of 4 months during 2021. Please confirm or otherwise.

Reference :

Yes, appears close to images and details at Pimenta dioica