The tree produces a very popular fruit as well as having a wide range of local medicinal uses and a good quality wood. It is widely cultivated in tropical regions . Chrysophyllum cainito is an evergreen Tree growing to 25 m (82ft) by 20 m (65ft) at a medium rate. It is hardy to zone (UK) 10 and is frost tender. The plant is. One of the relatively minor fruits of the family Sapotaceae, the star apple or goldenleaf tree, Chrysophyllum cainito L. (syn. Achras caimito Ruiz & Pavon), has.

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Generate a print friendly version containing only the sections you need. Good-quality veneer and plywood can be obtained from it[ ]. Lost Crops of Africa. The wood is sometimes used for fuel[ ]. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.

Pouteria hypoglauca Cinnamon Apple. Greenish-white cainnito yellow-fruited cultivars are sometimes available. The skin is rich in latex, and both it and the rind are not edible.

Chrysophyllum cainito

It is a seasonal fruit bearing tree. Round, baseball sized fruit that when cut has a core that takes on a star shape. A decoction of the leaves is taken orally to treat hypoglycaemia[ ]. All plant pages have their own unique code.

Seed Availability Seeds are not available for the Star Apple. Ceratitis rosa Natal fruit fly. The fruit is globose and typically measures from 2 to 3 inches in diameter. When opening chrysophylllum star apple fruit, one should not allow any of the bitter latex of the skin to contact the edible fresh[ ].


The tree is also hermaphroditic self-fertile. Star apples are eaten fresh.

If the dry period is most pronounced, undue loss of leaves and less juicy or even shrivelled fruit are evident, which indicates that the drought is too severe and irrigation is needed[ ]. The cuttings taken from mature stems chrrysophyllum well[ ], when placed over strong moist heat[ ].

Star Apple

Synsepalum dulcificum Miracle Fruit. A decoction of the rind, or of the leaves, is taken as a pectoral[ ]. Publisher Kampong Publications, California. Yields of 70 kg or fruit per tree per year have been recorded. As this is done, the flesh will be felt to free itself from the downward half of the rind, and the latter will pull away, taking with it the greater part of the core[ ]. The ripe fruit, preferably chilled, is cut in half and the flesh spooned out, leaving the seed cells and core.

In Malayalam it is called “Swarnapathry” meaning ‘golden leaves’. The fruit is not good unless allowed to remain on the tree until fully ripe; if picked when immature it is astringent and contains a sticky, white latex[ ].

The latex of the tree is applied on abscesses and, when dried and powdered, it is given cgrysophyllum a potent vermifuge.

You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select box. Chrysophylluk star apple usually comes in two forms, either the dark purple skinned variety with red-purple pulp, or the green skinned variety with clear-white pulp. Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs. Young trees are sensitive to water stress in their first year, and growth during that time is slow. QR Codes are barcodes that can be read by mobile phone smartphone cameras.


The seedlings bear fruits in years[ ]. The pulp is usually spooned out as to avoid the bitter tasting rind.

Star Apple – Chrysophyllum cainito

There are no pictures available for this datasheet If you can supply pictures for this datasheet please contact: Wikimedia Commons has media related to Chrysophyllum cainito. It has spread to the lowlands of Central America and is now grown throughout the tropics, including Southeast Asia. A number of closely related species, also called star apples, are grown in Africa including C.

Pouteria multiflora Cainiti Tree. Forest and Kim Starr.

Manilkara bidentata, Mimusops balata Ausubo. Not to be confused with Pouteria caimito.

Infusions of the leaves chrysophyllkm been used against diabetes and articular rheumatism. The trees do not drop their fruit, making it necessary to climb the tree in order to harvest the crop[ ]. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Chrysophyllum cainito Star Apple, Caimito PFAF Plant Database

The annual rainfall range for growth is reported to be – 2,mm with the optimum between 1, chrysophy,lum 1,mm[ ]. Small flowers occur in clusters.

Anastrepha distincta pois-doux fruit fly ; Cainnito serpentina sapodilla fruit fly ; Bactrocera aquilonis ; Bactrocera distincta ; Bactrocera dorsalis Oriental fruit fly ; Bactrocera tryoni Queensland fruit fly ; Ceroplastes cirripediformis barnacle scale ; Selenaspidus articulatus West Indian red scale Minor host of: The bitter, pulverized seed is taken as a tonic, diuretic and febrifuge[ ].

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