Sarcotheca glomerula (PROSEA)

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Sarcotheca glomerula Veldkamp

Family: Oxalidaceae


  • Connaropsis macrophylla King.

Vernacular names

  • Peninsular Malaysia: belimbing besi, belimbing hutan, asam tundok.


Peninsular Malaysia.


The acid fruits are edible.


  • Shrub or small tree, up to 9 m tall, branches up to 8 cm diameter.
  • Leaves unifoliolate.
  • Fruit an ellipsoid to ovoid capsule, 1-1.5 cm × 0.5-1 cm, red.

In primary and secondary forest, not very common.

Selected sources

  • 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.
  • van Steenis, C.G.G.J. et al. (Editors), 1950-. Flora Malesiana. Series 1. Vol. 1, 4-10. Centre for Research and Development in Biology, Bogor, Indonesia, and Rijksherbarium, Leiden, the Netherlands. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Boston, London.


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