Bunchosia pilocarpa Rusby
Malpighia armeniaca Cav.
Common Name: Ciruela Verde
Bunchosia armeniaca is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing up to 10 metres tall[
The plant has been cultivated, mainly on a garden scale, for its edible fruit in parts of Ecuador since before the Europeans came to S. America.[
], and is sold in local markets[
Northern and western S. America - Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia.
Found at elevations from 1,500 - 2,400 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Bunchosia armeniaca is a plant of low to middle elevations in the tropics[
]. Somewhat cold tolerant, it has been slightly damaged by temperatures of -2°c in Florida
Succeeds in most soils in a sunny position[
Plants sometimes escape from cultivation and become established in the wild[
Plants can begin producing fruit in just two years from seed[
The trees can flower and produce fruit for most of the year in appropriate climates - several crops of fruit are usually produced each year[
Fruit - raw or cooked. The round, light green to orange fruits have a cream-coloured flesh that is very sweet and rather cloying[
]. The flesh is sweet but thin and rather dry[
]. The fruit, which is 25 - 40mm in diameter, is produced in clusters of 8 - 10[
]. Usually eaten out of hand, they are also made into preserves[
Cuttings of semi-ripe wood.
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