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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 428. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library


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Synonym Text: Carambola
General/Distribution: A genus of 2 species; origin uncertain, but probably in coastal forests in Brazil. Widely cultivated in tropical India and China. Introduced into India and Pakistan most probably by the Portuguese.


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Trees. Leaves imparipinnate; leaflets subopposite. Flowers in cymose panicles, axillary or arising directly from the stem and branches. Ovary not beaked, 5-locular, with numerous ovules in each locule. Berry oblong, more or less 5-lobed. Seeds arillate or exarillate; aril fleshy and surrounding the seeds.

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1 Leaflets 2-5 pairs. Fruit ridges acute. Seeds with a fleshy aril Averrhoa carambola
+ Leaflets 5-17 pairs. Fruit ridges obtuse. Seeds exarillate Averrhoa bilimbi
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