Genus Persea

Persea is a genus of about 150 species of evergreen trees belonging to the laurel family, Lauraceae.

Species in the genus Persea of plants

Persea indica - It is found in the Azores, Madeira, and Canary Islands in Macaronesia. It is threatened by habitat loss.


Coyo avocado - Young branches are very hairy. The leaves are deciduous and the flowers are light greenish-yellow, with the stamens turning red with age. The fruit, closely resembling that of the avocado, is generally pear-shaped, with a thick, green, leathery skin. The flesh is oily with a milky juice and tastes like an avocado or coconut. The pear-shaped fruit is easily mistaken for an avocado. However, it contains a much larger central seed. The flesh has stone cells and a gritty texture that is generally considered unfavourable for edible consumption, despite its appealing taste. The cotyledons, unlike those of the avocado, are pink internally.