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2. Averrhoa bilimbi Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1: 428. 1753.

三敛 san lian

Plants 5-6(-15) m tall, young parts and petioles rusty pubescent. Leaves 15-40 cm, aggregated at apex of branches; petiole 2-4 mm; leaflets 10-20 pairs; leaflet blades oblong to lanceolate, 3-5 × ca. 2 cm, both surfaces somewhat pubescent, base obliquely rounded, apex acuminate. Inflorescences rameal, paniculate, many flowered. Sepals ovate-lanceolate, ca. 4 mm, pubescent. Petals reddish purple, 13-18 × ca. 3 mm. Stamens all fertile. Berry greenish yellow, oblong, 5-10 cm, terete to obscurely 5-angled, fleshy. Seeds few, flat. Fl. Apr-Dec, fr. Jul-Dec.

Widely cultivated and freely escaping along rivers and in secondary vegetations. Guangdong, Guangxi, Taiwan [native to tropical SE Asia].


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