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Useful Tropical Plants

Malpighia emarginata

DC.

Malpighiaceae


There has been some confusion over the correct name for the Barbados cherry, also known as the Acerola. Current thinking seems to be that there are two closely related species, this one and M. glabra. This species is the genuine Barbados cherry that is cultivated for its fruit in Puerto Rico, whilst B. glabra, also known as Barbados cherry or Escobillo, is not the species cultivated in Puerto Rico.

+ Synonyms

Malpighia berteroana Spreng.

Malpighia glabra Hort.

Malpighia lanceolata Griseb.

Malpighia punicifolia Auct.

Malpighia punicifolia lancifolia Nied.

Malpighia punicifolia obovata Nied.

Malpighia punicifolia vulgaris Nied.

Malpighia retusa Benth.

Malpighia umbellata Rose

Malpighia urens lanceolata (Griseb.) Griseb.

Common Name: Acerola

Malpighia emarginata
Fruiting branches of plant in Venezuela
Photograph by: Wilfredo R. Rodríguez H.
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General Information

Barbados cherry is an evergreen shrub growing around 4 metres tall.
The plant is widely cultivated in tropical areas for its edible fruit, there are some named varieties[
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 grown especially in Puerto Rico, from where it is exported in quite large quantities as a health juice to the United States.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

C. America - Mexico to northern S. America and the Caribbean.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height4.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details


Easily grown in a good soil and a sunny position[
296
Title
Tropical Food Gardens
Publication
 
Author
Norrington. L.
Publisher
Bloomings Books (Melbourne)
Year
2001
ISBN
1-876473-41-x
Description
Excellent little book giving some basic information on a range of plants.
].
Seedlings can fruit when only 2 - 3 years old, but are not always of as good quality as their parents[
296
Title
Tropical Food Gardens
Publication
 
Author
Norrington. L.
Publisher
Bloomings Books (Melbourne)
Year
2001
ISBN
1-876473-41-x
Description
Excellent little book giving some basic information on a range of plants.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw or cooked[
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 bright red fruit can range in flavour from sweet to somewhat acid[
296
Title
Tropical Food Gardens
Publication
 
Author
Norrington. L.
Publisher
Bloomings Books (Melbourne)
Year
2001
ISBN
1-876473-41-x
Description
Excellent little book giving some basic information on a range of plants.
,
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.
]. As well as being eaten out of hand, they can also be stewed, made into juices, sauces, jellies, jams, wines or purees[
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.
,
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
]. The fruits are very rich in vitamin C (1 - 4 g per 100 g juice)[
296
Title
Tropical Food Gardens
Publication
 
Author
Norrington. L.
Publisher
Bloomings Books (Melbourne)
Year
2001
ISBN
1-876473-41-x
Description
Excellent little book giving some basic information on a range of plants.
,
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
]. They are widely used in the preparation of vitamin tablets and other nutritional supplements[
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 juice is added to other juices in order to improve their nutritional value[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
]. Plants can produce 2 - 3 crops of fruit a year[
296
Title
Tropical Food Gardens
Publication
 
Author
Norrington. L.
Publisher
Bloomings Books (Melbourne)
Year
2001
ISBN
1-876473-41-x
Description
Excellent little book giving some basic information on a range of plants.
].

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

Grown as a hedge[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cuttings

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