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Useful Tropical Plants

Casasia clusiifolia

(Jacq.) Urb.

Rubiaceae

+ Synonyms

Gardenia clusiifolia Jacq.

Genipa clusiifolia (Jacq.) Griseb.

Randia clusiifolia (Jacq.) Chapm.

Common Name: Seven Year Apple

Casasia clusiifolia
Ripening fruits
Photograph by: Island Conservation
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Casasia clusiifolia Casasia clusiifolia Casasia clusiifolia

General Information

Seven year apple is an evergreen shrub or small tree.
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use of its edible fruit and its wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

72
Title
Manual of the Southeastern Flora.
Publication
 
Author
Small J.K.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
University of N. Carolina Press.
Year
1933
ISBN
 
Description
Getting rather dated now, an immense work covering the flora of Southeastern N. America. No pictures, it is not for the casual reader. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

Caribbean - Bermuda, Bahamas, Cuba; southeastern N. America - Florida.

Habitat

Coastal sand dunes and hammocks near the coast in Florida[
72
Title
Manual of the Southeastern Flora.
Publication
 
Author
Small J.K.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
University of N. Carolina Press.
Year
1933
ISBN
 
Description
Getting rather dated now, an immense work covering the flora of Southeastern N. America. No pictures, it is not for the casual reader. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Tolerates high levels of salt in the soil[
688
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 68
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1987
ISBN
0004-2625
Description
Various articles on plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
Plants can flower and fruit all year round, though most flowering occurs during the warm season[
688
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 68
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1987
ISBN
0004-2625
Description
Various articles on plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
688
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 68
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1987
ISBN
0004-2625
Description
Various articles on plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. When fully ripe, the fruit is soft, wrinkled and prune-like with a black, jelly-like pulp that has a flavour somewhat like liquorice[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. The fruit is eaten by making a hole at one end and sucking the pulp out through it[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The dark-brown or reddish heartwood is close-grained, very heavy, and hard[
672
Title
Florida Trees - A Handbook of the Native and Naturalized Trees of Florida
Publication
 
Author
Small J.K.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Small J.K.; New York
Year
1913
ISBN
 
Description
A terse description of each species with details of habitat and a description of the wood. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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