Rollinia emarginata (PROSEA)

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Plant Resources of South-East Asia
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Rollinia emarginata Schlechtendal

Family: Annonaceae


  • Rollinia salacifolia Schlechtendal

Vernacular names

  • Philippines: mirim.


Native in South America (Brazil, Paraguay) where it is also cultivated. Introduced in the Philippines in the 1930s.


The fruit is edible but insipid. The bark is used as an astringent.


  • Shrub or tree, 3-10 m tall.
  • Fruit a pseudocarp, resembling the custard apple, 2.5-6 cm in diameter; rind obscurely reticular.

Selected sources

  • Brown, W.H., 1951-1957. Useful plants of the Philippines. Reprint of the 1941-1943 ed. 3 Volumes. Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Technical Bulletin 10. Bureau of Printing, Manila, the Philippines.
  • Burkill, I.H., 1966. A dictionary of the economic products of the Malay Peninsula. 2nd ed. 2 Volumes. Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 2444 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