Averrhoa carambola (Wikipedia)

Averrhoa carambola
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Carambolas still on the tree
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Oxalidales
Family: Oxalidaceae
Genus: Averrhoa
A. carambola
Binomial name
Averrhoa carambola

Averrhoa carambola is a species of tree in the family Oxalidaceae; it has a number of common names, including carambola, star fruit and five-corner.

This evergreen tree is native to Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.A. carambola is a small tree or shrub that grows 5–12 metres tall, with rose to red-purple flowers. The flowers are small and bell-shaped, with five petals that have whitish edges. The flowers are often produced year round under tropical conditions.

The tree is cultivated in tropical and semitropical regions for its edible fruits and for its medicinal uses. Botanically pericarp is the edible portion of fruit which is juicy.

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