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Baccaurea angulata

Belimbing Hutan

Absolutely gorgeous, that is the only way to describe a Belimbing Hutan tree laden with fruit. Literally thousands may develop on a single tree and the trunk and main branches of this cauliflorous species can be so heavily loaded that they look red from a distance. The Belimbing Hutan is not only productive, it is also relatively fast growing. The amazing fruits are split to reveal several seeds nested in the clear to whitish flesh. The taste is pleasant,although some trees seem to bear fruit that is more astringent than others. This fruit has a lot of market potential as an exotic commodity but is still quite rare in collections.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are average to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
when my seeds from the mail to Hawaii i carefully washed them with fresh drinking water and them soaked them individually water for 12-24 hours. i then placed them in the medium sized pots (pro-mix)f two have started to push out of the soilthe seed should start pushing through the soil in 3-5 weeksFRESH HEALTHY LIVE SEED is crucial for successwhen laegertransplant into larger pots or better yet have the planting spot amended and aged and ready for planting (semi- shade for several years)
Submitted on 28/03/2010 by one of our visitors

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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In Las Tumbas, Perez Zeledon (s. pacific) in Costa Rica they need average care and grow slow.
I have seven trees in Costa Rica, from Borneo, 2007. They are 2 1/2 years old and from . 5 to 1 meter high, planted in good black well-drained soil. They grow slowly at first (stayed two years in two-gallon (8 litre) bags) and needed some shade but now are accustomed to near full sunlight (intermixed with larger trees) at 400 meters elevation, 3 to 5 meters annual rainfall. I water them while small with a 5-gallon bucket every week or two during the three-month dry season. They branch out since they are young, without making a strong lead trunk like durians, etc. They will be small well-rounded trees. Mine have not fruited of course. They come in male and female trees so order multiple seeds (with 7 trees I have a 47 in 49 chance of having both). Also called Tampoi (a common name for Baccaureas) belimbing. Belimbing means carambola (starfruit). Belimbing hutan means forest carambola, like Orang hutan means forest man. The fruit are a gorgeous red, and on the one tree with immature fruit I saw in Borneo (Bako National Park, Sarawak) they are within hand reach, hanging down from the branches, like Christmas ornaments on strings. Well-protected yet easy to open peels, and inside are three almost pouch-like packets of flavor, with a seed in the middle of each. The taste is nearly exactly like the mamoncillo (Melicoccus bijugatus) being sweet yet pleasantly tangy, rather intense, with more edible pulp than mamoncillo. Excellent potential!VERY important in my case is that they appear to be totally resistant to local fungus, which kills any and all Tampoi and Rambai (other Baccaureas) and 90% of Burmese grape (Baccaurea ramiflora) that I have tried at a very young age. HIGHLY recomended, be patient.
Submitted on 25/01/2010 by Jesse Blenn

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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