Nephelium juglandifolium (PROSEA)

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Nephelium juglandifolium Blume

Family: Sapindaceae


  • Nephelium tuberculatum Radlk.
  • Nephelium altissimum Teijsm. & Binnend.

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: lungsir, lengsar (Java), sorogol (Sundanese).


Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and West Java.


The sarcotesta around the seed is edible.


  • Tree, up to 30 m tall with trunk diameter up to 90 cm.
  • Leaves (1-)3-7-jugate.
  • Fruit a slightly flattened ellipsoid capsule, 3.5-5 cm × 2.5 cm × 2 cm, glabrous, coarsely tuberculate, warts up to 4 mm tall and arranged in longitudinal rows, waxy, light green.

In rain forest and open jungle, up to 650 m altitude.

Selected sources

  • Backer, C.A. & Bakhuizen van den Brink, R.C., 1963 1968. Flora of Java. 3 Volumes. Noordhoff, Groningen, the Netherlands.
  • Leenhouts, P.W., 1986. A taxonomic revision of Nephelium (Sapindaceae). Blumea 31: 373-436.


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