This species is treated as no more than a synonym of Nephelium lappaceum by some authorities[
], but it is treated as distinct in the Flora of China[
], which we have followed here.
Nephelium chryseum is an evergreen tree growing 10 - 20 metres or more tall[
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild and consumed locally.
E. Asia - southern China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines.
Dense forests at elevations of 500 - 1,500 metres in southern China[
Succeeds in full sun to partial shade, growing best in a deep, frertile, well-drained soil[
Species in this genus are generally dioecious, though monoecious forms are sometimes found. Normally, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are reguired'451].
Fruit - raw[
]. The ellipsoid fruit is 4 - 5cm x 3 - 4cm, including the spines[
Seed - it has a very short viability and so needs to be sown as soon as it is extracted from the fruit[
]. Wash the seed first to remove traces of the fruit[
]. Sow the seed in containers or in a nursery seedbed in light shade - germination should take place in 7 - 20 days[
]. Properly cared for, the seedlings grow rapidly[
]. They quickly produce a large root system and so need to be planted out into their permanent positions when still young[
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