The tree produces a very popular fruit as well as having a wide range of local medicinal uses and a good quality wood. It is widely cultivated in tropical regions . Chrysophyllum cainito is an evergreen Tree growing to 25 m (82ft) by 20 m (65ft) at a medium rate. It is hardy to zone (UK) 10 and is frost tender. The plant is. One of the relatively minor fruits of the family Sapotaceae, the star apple or goldenleaf tree, Chrysophyllum cainito L. (syn. Achras caimito Ruiz & Pavon), has.

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Mimusops elengi Spanish Cherry. The tiny flowers are purplish white and have a sweet fragrant smell.

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They can be stored for 3 weeks at cool temperatures. How many fingers does the typical human have? An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region. Caimite Local Common Names Germany: Publisher Kampong Publications, California. If you have any useful information about this plant, please leave a comment.

In Malayalam it is called “Swarnapathry” meaning ‘[the tree with] golden leaves’. The trees do not drop their fruit, making it necessary to climb the tree in order to harvest the crop[ ]. Prefers a deep, rich loam[ ]. Forest and Kim Starr. The ripe fruit is eaten chrysophlylum sooth inflammation in laryngitis and pneumonia[ ]. Humid woodlands at low to medium elevations[ ]. QR Codes are barcodes that can be read by mobile phone smartphone cameras. It is also suitable for mouldings, light tool handles, inlaying, carving, joinery, furniture cbrysophyllum cabinet making[ ].


Some trees yield heavy crops of fruit, others bear little[ ]. It has spread to the lowlands of Central America and is now grown throughout the tropics, including Southeast Asia. The fruit is globose and typically measures from 2 to 3 inches in diameter. Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants.

The latex of the tree is applied on abscesses and, when dried and powdered, it is given as a potent vermifuge. Takes 4 – 7 months[ ]. Trees take about 5 – 10 years to produce fruit from seed[]. Grafted plants can start to fruit in 2 – 4 years[ ]. It is also taken as a diuretic, febrifuge and remedy for dysentery[ ]. Young trees are highly susceptible to any kind of frost or cold wind. You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select box. A sweet flavour[ ].

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Chrysophyllum cainito – Star Apple

The seeds contain a cyanogenic glucoside. Chrysophyllum cainito is a tropical tree of the family Sapotaceae. Uses Star apples are eaten fresh.

A better way of serving the fruit is to cut around the middle completely through the rind and then, holding the fruit stem-end down, twisting the top gently back and forth. In Sierra Leone the fruit is referred to as “Bobi wata” or breast milk fruit. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally. Young trees may be killed by even short exposure to Infusions of the leaves have been used against diabetes and articular rheumatism.


The seedlings bear fruits in years[ ]. It is also known by the synonym Achras cainito. Deep mulching with straw or lawn clippings, application of fertilizer and frequent dry-season watering all seem necessary for success with this species[ ].

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Cainito pomiferum Tussac Caiito bicolor Poir. It is native to the Greater Antilles and the West Indies. It cannot grow in the shade.

If you have important information about this plant that may help other users please add a comment or link below. Seeds were last available in March It has numerous common names including cainitocaimitotar applestar applepurple star applegolden leaf treeabiabapomme de laitestrellamilk fruit and aguay. Only comments or links that are felt to be directly relevant to a caiinito will be included.