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Phyllanthus acidus Star gooseberry tree Ceremai Euphorbiaceae
 

Phyllanthus acidus, Star gooseberry, ceremai

 

Phyllanthus acidus, Star gooseberry, ceremai

Star gooseberry
Otaheite gooseberry
Malay gooseberry
From India and Madagascar, this is the only widely cultivated species. It quickly reaches its mature height of 30 ft (9 m) with a spread of 10 ft (3 m) and has pale green, almost stalkless leaves. In spring it bears dense clusters of tiny red flowers; these are followed in late summer by tight bunches of ribbed, bright yellow fruit, 1 in (25 mm) long.
Cultivation: Plant in rich, sandy, well-drained soil with ample water. They are good seaside plants in hot climates. Propagate from seed or cuttings
The traditional ethnomedical uses are reported as using the extract from the root to cure skin diseases especially relief from itching. Leaves are used as one of the ingredients in Thai medicine to control fever..

  

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