NEPHELIUM LAPPACEUM - Rambutan
Indigenous to the Malayan archipelago, it is now cultivated in the tropical lowlands of Central America, the Philippines, and in parts of Australia. The tree is large and attractive, with a branched trunk and densely foliated with pinnate leaves. The 2" fruit, borne in terminal clusters of 10-12, resembles a chestnut burr in appearance. It is usually bright red when ripe, sometimes orange, with the skin covered with soft, fleshy spines. The flesh is white, adhering to a flattened seed, whose flavor varies from sweet to subacid. Propagated best by air layers or grafting.