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Averhoa carambola Carambola Belimbing manis Oxalidaceae

Averhoa carambola, Carambola, Bilimbing manis


Averhoa carambola, Carambola, Bilimbing manisIn cultivation this species of rather upright form normally makes a small tree about 20 ft (6 m) high. The leaflets of the compound leaves have the curious habit of folding together after being touched or at night.
It flowers and fruits through much of the year, but with major flushes of flower in the middle of the wet and the middle of the dry season.
The large, ornamental fruit ripen through pale yellow, when their flavor is pleasantly acid, to deep golden orange, when they become sweet and deliciously tangy, reminiscent of passionfruit.
Cultivation: The trees are easily grown in full sun ,making fine small shade trees.
Propagation is from seed or more commonly by grafts or air-layers .