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Muntingia calabura

Common namescalabur, calabur tree, calabura, capulin, cerri, datiles, jam tree, Jamaican cherry, Japanense cherry, kersen, kerukup siam, khoom sômz, krâkhôb barang, mât sâm, ornamental cherry, Panama berry, paude seda, Singapore cherry, sirsen, strawberry tree, takhôb, takhop farang, talok, trùng cà
Ecocrop code1500

BRIEF DESCRIPTION A handsome small evergreen tree with a short, broad crown and low branches that hang toward the ground, reaching 3-13 m in height and a trunk diameter of 8.5-20 cm. It has white flowers and reddish berries. USES The sweet berries are edible, they are often eaten fresh but can also be preserved. Wood used as barrel staves, paper pulp, and firewood. Bark fibers are utilized for ropes and baskets. Flowers have medicinal properties. The tree is planted as an ornamental and for shade. GROWING PERIOD Perennial, fast-growing, and short-lived. It often begins to bear within 1.5-2 years from seeding. It withstands dry seasons of 6 months. COMMON NAMES Jamaica cherry, Strawberry tree, Panama berry, Japanese cherry, Buah cheri, Capulin, Pasito, Cerri, Kersen, Talok, Kerupuk, Siam, Krakhob barang, Khoom somz, takhob, Farang, Trung ca, Mat sam, Chitato, Majaguito, Majaguillo, Bolina, Bolina yamanaza, Bois d'orme, Calabur-tree, Calabura, Capulin blanco, Capulin de comer, Memiso, Pau-deseda, Buah cheri, Cherry tree, Datiles, Pasito, Chitato, Majaguito, Majaguillo, Niguito, Datiles, Mazanitas, Ratiles, Latires, Sereza. FURTHER INF Jamaica cherry is native of the region from southern Mexico to Bolivia and of the Caribbean Islands. In its native range the tree occurs scattered in dry to moist thickets and secondary forests along slopes and valleys. It thrives at elevations up to 1000 m. It is a typical pioneer species and may become a weed. It can establish itself in trodden yards and along shop fronts where no other tree takes root and it can withstand the air pollution in city streets. The wide-spread branches tend to break in high winds.
SOURCES (M. calabura L.)
Little E 1983 pp 202-204 [USE, LIG, RAIN, TEXT, DRA]
National RC 1980 pp 58-59 [USE, TEMP, RAIN, TEXT, DEP, DRA, LIMITS]
Hensleigh T 1988 pp 231-233 [TEXT, SAL, TEMP, RAIN, USE]
Westphal E 1989 pp 187-188 [USE, PH, SAL]
Verheij E 1991 pp 223-225 [USE, PH, SAL]