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Averrhoa Bilimbi

The small fruit of the camia springing from the branches and trunks of the trees is widely known in the Philippines

NOM. VULG.—Kamias, Kalamias, Tag.; Kilingiwa, Vis.; Pias, Iloc.

USES.—The small fruit of the camia springing from the branches and trunks of the trees is widely known in the Philippines, where they eat it green, pickled, and in salad; and when ripe fresh and preserved. Its qualities and therapeutic applications are the same as those of the following species.

BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION.—A tree 4–5 meters high with odd-pinnate leaves.

Leaflets 12 pairs, ovate, linear, acute, soft and downy. Flowers small, pinkish or purplish, on trunk and branches. Stamens 10, five alternately longer. Pistils divergent. Fruit oblong, obtuse at the end, with five broad ribs.

HABITAT.—Very common throughout the islands.

Reference book: The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines

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