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Useful Tropical Plants

Glycosmis trifoliata

(Blume) Spreng.

Rutaceae

+ Synonyms

Sclerostylis trifoliata Blume

Common Name: Orange Berry

Glycosmis trifoliata
Flowering branch
Photograph by: Unknown
Image credit to Australian National Botanic Gardens
Glycosmis trifoliata Glycosmis trifoliata Glycosmis trifoliata

General Information

Orange berry is an evergreen shrub or small tree occasionally growing up to 8 metres tall, but more commonly no more than 4 metres[
694
Title
Australian Rainforest Plants Volumes 1 - 6
Publication
 
Author
Nicholson N. & H.
Publisher
Terania Rainforest Publishing; New South Wales.
Year
2007
ISBN
9-78095894-3628
Description
Beautiful set of booklets with a terse description of over 600 species and their habitat, often including some of their uses and notes on their cultivation, plus at least one, excellent photograph.
].
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use as a food. It is also grown as an ornamental in gardens.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

285
Title
Florabase
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://florabase.calm.wa.gov.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database of Western Australian plants

Range

E. Asia - southern China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines to northern Australia.

Habitat

Found in sandstone or basalt soils and in sand; in gorges, screes and foreshore dunes in Western Australia[
285
Title
Florabase
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://florabase.calm.wa.gov.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database of Western Australian plants
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height4.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

A plant of tropical areas, it is not tolerant of frosts[
694
Title
Australian Rainforest Plants Volumes 1 - 6
Publication
 
Author
Nicholson N. & H.
Publisher
Terania Rainforest Publishing; New South Wales.
Year
2007
ISBN
9-78095894-3628
Description
Beautiful set of booklets with a terse description of over 600 species and their habitat, often including some of their uses and notes on their cultivation, plus at least one, excellent photograph.
].
Prefers a sunny position[
694
Title
Australian Rainforest Plants Volumes 1 - 6
Publication
 
Author
Nicholson N. & H.
Publisher
Terania Rainforest Publishing; New South Wales.
Year
2007
ISBN
9-78095894-3628
Description
Beautiful set of booklets with a terse description of over 600 species and their habitat, often including some of their uses and notes on their cultivation, plus at least one, excellent photograph.
].Requires a well-drained soil[
694
Title
Australian Rainforest Plants Volumes 1 - 6
Publication
 
Author
Nicholson N. & H.
Publisher
Terania Rainforest Publishing; New South Wales.
Year
2007
ISBN
9-78095894-3628
Description
Beautiful set of booklets with a terse description of over 600 species and their habitat, often including some of their uses and notes on their cultivation, plus at least one, excellent photograph.
].
Plants are quite slow growing[
694
Title
Australian Rainforest Plants Volumes 1 - 6
Publication
 
Author
Nicholson N. & H.
Publisher
Terania Rainforest Publishing; New South Wales.
Year
2007
ISBN
9-78095894-3628
Description
Beautiful set of booklets with a terse description of over 600 species and their habitat, often including some of their uses and notes on their cultivation, plus at least one, excellent photograph.
].

Edible Uses

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[
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.
]. It is said to be impossible to obtain a good fermentation without these leaves[
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.
].

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.

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - germinates readily if the flesh is removed prior to sowing.

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