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PHYLLANTHUS ACIDUS L. - OTAHEITE GOOSEBERRY.

Phyllanthus acidus
Synonyms
Phyllanthus distichus, Cicca acida, Cicca disticha L.
Common name
Aamloki, Wild plum, Iba, Tahitian gooseberry, Otaheite gooseberry, Malay gooseberry, Tjerme, Tjareme, Jimbling, Country gooseberry, Manzana estrella, Groselha, Indian gooseberry, Cherme grosella.
Family
Euphorbiaceae (Spurge family).

Overview
Tahitian gooseberry is a small tropical tree with ovate pointed leaves that grows up to 50 feet tall. Tahitian gooseberry bears fruit in abundance on the branches.
It has reddish flowers and pale-yellow waxy fruit, 3/4 - 1" thick and is 6-8 ridged; in the center is a hard stone containing 4-6 seeds. The yellow fruit of the Tahitian gooseberry is edible and tastes sour; it is one of the few members of the Euphorbiaceae family that has edible fruit.
The tart flesh is used as a flavoring or made into jelly in Suriname.

Medicinal applications
As a liver tonic in India; the latex obtained from various parts of the tree is emetic and purgative.
The leaves are used as a demulcent against gonorrhea.

Hardiness
USDA zone 10 - 11.
Propagation
Seeds and cuttings.
Culture
Full sun, moist soil.
The wax apple can only be grown in the southern part of Florida, since this is a strictly tropical plant.

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Item Description Unit Price Quantity

Phyllantus Acidus seeds 1 package (10 seeds) US$ 2.85
Phyllantus Acidus seeds 1 package (100 seeds) US$ 27.50


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