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BATOKO PLUM_Flacourtia inermis

By parmarch06/12/20180

BATOKO PLUM
(Flacourtia inermis)

A tree of batoko

Family: Flacourtiaceae

Other names:  Batak, Lovi lovi


 Batoko plum seems to have been originated the tropical Asia, including Malaysia.  However, now it is found only in a cultivated or semi-cultivated state in tropical Africa, southern Asia, and Pacific Islands to Philippines. It has also reached now in the New World tropics.

Description:

A large shrub or small tree, 8-10 m tall, dioecious, with light brown smoothish bark, twigs sometimes have spines at leaf bases.

Leaves alternate, with petioles 6 – 9 mm long; blades are 5-20 cm long and 2.5-8 cm wide, long-pointed at apex and short-pointed at base, thin or slightly thickened, becoming hairless or nearly so, the long curved side veins slightly sunken.

Flowers of batoko

Flowers small, yellowish, about 6 mm long and broad, borne in short clusters at leaf bases, male and female flowers on different plants.

Fruits round shiny looking like cherries, red, purple, or black, 1.2 – 2.5 cm in diameter.

Seeds small, 8-10 embedded in juicy pulp.

Utilization:

The fruits though sour, are edible. These are rich in pectin and therefore make good jelly and preserves.

Batoko fruits


Cultivation:

Batoko plum trees are planted for its edible fruits.  There is a spiny variety too, which is planted for hedge.

            New trees are raised from seed.  Batoko plum can also be propagated by marcottage.

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