Bellucia axinanthera (PROSEA)

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Bellucia axinanthera Triana


Family: Melastomataceae

Distribution

Originating from northern Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. Occasionally cultivated in Indonesia (Java).

Uses

Ripe fruits are edible, but not very tasty.

Observations

  • Erect shrub, 3-5 m tall.
  • Flowers and fruits axillary or cauliflorous, 3-12 together in cymes.
  • Fruit a depressed-globose berry, 2.5 cm × 3-5 cm, pale yellow.
  • Seeds numerous, very small.

Propagation by seed. Planting distance ca. 3 m × 3 m.

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.

Authors

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