Nephelium uncinatum (Red Miniature)
Small Hooked Rambutan
This small-fruited Nephelium is common in the lowland rainforests of Sarawak, Borneo. The fruits are identified by their almost perfect spherical shape, studded with soft spines recoiling on themselves like fish hooks, hence the name "uncinatum" = hooked. The flesh surrounding the aril is soft, very sweet and tasty. The tree is relatively quick growing and should fruit profusely in tropical areas where there are short dry spells to initiate flowering. It is is not yet cultivation but only harvested in the forests.