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Flacourtia inermis Roxburgh

Flacourtia inermis Roxburgh

Family

Flacourtiaceae

Synonyms

None

Vernacular Names

Malaysia Rukam masam, lovi-lovi.
English Governor plum.
Indonesia Lobi-lobi, tomi-tomi.
Thailand Takhop-thai (Central).

Geographical Distributions

Flacourtia inermis is only known in a cultivated or semi-cultivated state, widespread from India through Malaysia to New Britain.

Description

Flacourtia inermis is an unarmed tree that can reach up to 15 m tall, with the trunk diametre is up to 35 cm.

The leaves are ovate-oblong to ovate-elliptic, with a size of 8-20 cm x 4-12 cm. The fruit is a spherical berry, 2-2.5 cm in diametre and pink to red.

Ecology / Cultivation

It is culltivated as a fruit tree up to 1300 m altitude, also on sandy soils. In Java, the tree flowers in January-February and fruit ripens after 4-5 months.

Line Drawing / Photograph

Flacourtia_inermis

References

  1. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No.2: Edible fruits and nuts.

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