Sclerostylis trifoliata Blume
Common Name: Orange Berry
Orange berry is an evergreen shrub or small tree occasionally growing up to 8 metres tall, but more commonly no more than 4 metres[
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use as a food. It is also grown as an ornamental in gardens.
E. Asia - southern China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines to northern Australia.
Found in sandstone or basalt soils and in sand; in gorges, screes and foreshore dunes in Western Australia[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of tropical areas, it is not tolerant of frosts[
Prefers a sunny position[
].Requires a well-drained soil[
Plants are quite slow growing[
The leaves are dried and ground into a powder that is used in the preparation of a wine-like beverage called 'Kiu-tsee', which is made from rice and soya beans[
]. It is said to be impossible to obtain a good fermentation without these leaves[
Fruit - raw or cooked. The small, orange to pink, juicy fruits are sweet and honey flavoured with resinous overtones. The fruits make a delicious jam that taste similar to candied honey.
Seed - germinates readily if the flesh is removed prior to sowing.
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