Aceratium oppositifolium (PROSEA)

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Aceratium oppositifolium DC.

Family: Elaeocarpaceae


  • Elaeocarpus oppositifolius Miq.

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: belimbing hutan, kariala (Ambon).


Indonesia, wild in the Moluccas, occasionally cultivated in Java.


Fruits are eaten raw, or cooked as a vegetable; they also serve to make a sour relish.


  • Shrub or tree, 6-10 m tall.
  • Flowers in pendulous racemes, pale yellow.
  • Fruit an oblongoid drupe, 2-5 cm × 2-3.5 cm, 3-5-angular, red.

In river valleys, usually isolated.

Selected sources

  • Backer, C.A. & Bakhuizen van den Brink, R.C., 1963 1968. Flora of Java. 3 Volumes. Noordhoff, Groningen, the Netherlands.
  • Heyne, K., 1927. De nuttige planten van Nederlandsch Indië [The useful plants of the Dutch East Indies]. 2nd ed. 3 Volumes. Departement van Landbouw, Nijverheid en Handel in Nederlandsch Indië. 1953 pp.
  • Mansfeld, R. & Schultze Motel, J., 1986. Verzeichnis landwirtschaftlicher und gärtnerischer Kuturpflanzen. 2nd ed. 4 Volumes. Springer Verlag, Berlin. 1998 pp.


P.C.M. Jansen, J. Jukema, L.P.A. Oyen, T.G. van Lingen