Dovyalis hebecarpa (PROSEA)
Dovyalis hebecarpa (Gardner) Warb.
- Family: Flacourtiaceae
- Ceylon gooseberry, ketembilla (En). Ketembillier, groseillier de Ceylon (Fr).
Originating from Sri Lanka and India, now cultivated pantropically. In South-East Asia mainly in the Philippines.
The fruits are used for making preserves as they are usually too sour and astringent to be eaten raw.
Shrub or small dioecious tree, 4-6 m tall, with spiny branches. Fruit a subglobose berry, up to 2.5 cm in diameter, maroon-purple, velvety pubescent. Propagation is by seeds, cuttings, budding and grafting. Less hardy than the kei-apple, requiring good supply of water during development of fruits.
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