Dovyalis hebecarpa (PROSEA)

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Plant Resources of South-East Asia
List of species

Dovyalis hebecarpa (Gardner) Warb.

Family: Flacourtiaceae

Vernacular names

  • 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.

Selected sources

51, 60, 61.