PHYLLANTHUS ACIDUS L. - OTAHEITE GOOSEBERRY.
Phyllanthus distichus, Cicca acida, Cicca disticha L.
Aamloki, Wild plum, Iba, Tahitian gooseberry, Otaheite gooseberry, Malay gooseberry, Tjerme, Tjareme, Jimbling, Country gooseberry, Manzana estrella, Groselha, Indian gooseberry, Cherme grosella.
Euphorbiaceae (Spurge family).
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.
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.
USDA zone 10 - 11.
Seeds and cuttings.
Full sun, moist soil.
The wax apple can only be grown in the southern part of Florida, since this is a strictly tropical plant.
For the right freight rate, shipping charges, conditions and delivery service, please visit our Webstore page!
Home | About Suriname |
Tropical Rainforest | Company Info |
Plantlist | Seedlist |
Palms | Medicinal Support |