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Myristica fragrans

Nutmeg Pale Myristicaceae


Myristica fragrans, Nutmeg, Pale

The fruit this tree from Indonesia is nutmeg, now cultivated commercially mainly in Indonesia and Grenada.
A slender, evergreen tree reaching 50 ft (15 m), it has distinctive whorls of spreading branches, smooth gray bark, aromatic leaves and small, frgrant pale yellow flowers.
Ripe nutmegs are fleshy, pear-shaped, brilliant scarlet berries.
Their jackets are harvested to make mace, a milder spice.
Cultivation: They must be protected from and dry conditions and planted in rich, moist, well-drained soil if they are to flourish outside their homelands.
They need a hot, humid position away from sun, strong winds and pollution.
Propagate from seed or cuttings or by grafting .