Nephelium meduseum is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 27 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be up to 50cm in diameter with buttresses up to 120cm high[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Southeast Asia - Borneo (Sarawak, Brunei and west Kalimantan)
Primary mixed dipterocarp forest on hills, ridges, and slopes, on yellow sandy clay; at elevations up to 450 metres[
Species in this genus generally succeed 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].
The fruit is edible[
]. A sweet flavout[
]. The ellipsoid to subglobose fruit is around 32 - 40mm long and 25 - 30mm wide[
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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