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Averrhoa bilimbi L., Sp. Pl. 428. 1753; Edgew. & Hook. f. in Fl. Brit. India 1: 439. 1874.


Trees or shrubs up to 15 m high, hispid. Rachis 17 - 57 cm long; leaflets 5 - 17 pairs, basal and terminal pairs small, subopposite, oblong, ovate or lanceolate, acuminate or caudate, 4 - 7 x 1.5 - 2 cm, glabrescent above and pubescent beneath. Panicles cauliflorous on tubercles, pendulous, up to 20 cm long. Pedicels 4 - 16 mm long, articulate. Sepals ca 5 mm. Petals free. Stamens 10, all fertile. Ovary ca 4 mm. Fruits terete, obtusely angular; seeds up to 14,6 - 7 x 4 - 6 mm, exarillate.

Fl. & Fr. March - May.

Distrib. India: Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar. Orissa. W. Bengal. Tamil Nadu, Kerala and also in some other states.




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