Nephelium melliferum (PROSEA)

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Nephelium melliferum Gagnepain

Family: Sapindaceae


  • Nephelium parviflorum Gagnepain.

Vernacular names

  • Vietnam: cây truong vái, boc, bor lo.


Peninsular Burma (Myanmar), Peninsular Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.


The sarcotesta around the seed is edible.


  • Tree, up to 27 m tall and 60 cm diameter trunk.
  • Leaves 1-5-jugate.
  • Fruit an ellipsoid capsule, 3-4 cm × 2 cm, red, densely covered with 6-9 mm long appendages.

In forests on steep ridges and on sandstone, up to 800 m altitude. Fruiting in April-July.

Selected sources

  • 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