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Cucumber tree Common name
Bilimbibaum, bilimbi, cucumber tree, carambolier bilimbi, grosella china birambi, tree sorrel, bilimbing asam, bilimbing besu, talang pling, birambi.
Oxalidaceae; Averrhoaceae (Wood sorrel family).

The Cucumber tree is very closely related to the Carambola but it differs in appearance, flavor, manner of fruiting, etc.
The bilimbi tree reaches a height of 16 to 35 ft. has a short trunk dividing into upright branches.
The dark-red flowers, appearing in panicles, from the trunk and oldest branches, are small and fragrant. The bright-green fruit, 2-3½" in length, emerge directly from the trunk, often in clusters.
The brown seeds are flattened and very small.
The origin of this plant is Indonesia and since this plant is a tropical species it is sensitive to the cold, especially young plants.
This fruit is too acid for eating raw but the green uncooked fruits are prepared as a relish in Suriname.
They are also used to prepare chutney (a sweet and sour condiment).

Medicinal uses
In Malaysia the leaves of bilimbi are used as a treatment for venereal disease. A leaf decoction is taken as a medicine to relieve rectal inflammation.
It seems to be effective against coughs and thrush.

USDA zone 9 B - 11.
Seeds and grafting.
It needs full sun; rich and moist soil. The soil should be well drained.
In Florida it needs protection from the cold, although it is hardy to 32° F. for short periods.

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Item Description Unit Price Quantity

Averrhoa bilimbi seeds 1 package (20 seeds) US$12.50
Averrhoa bilimbi seeds 1 package (100 seeds) US$ 50.00

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