Antidesma bunius

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Name and publication

Antidesma bunius (L.) Spreng., Syst. Veg. 1: 826 (1824).

Description

Fruits of bignay rarely appear in imported potpourri. The ellipsoid to globular drupes, 5-11 mm long x 4-7 mm wide, are borne in grapelike, pendant clusters (often paired), ripening unevenly on the same cluster, from pale yellowish green to white to red to nearly black stages, often white-pustulate, reticulate when dry.

Nativity and distribution

Antidesma bunius is native from India to Southeast Asia to the South Pacific but cultivated worldwide in the tropics for the edible fruit.

Family

Euphorbiaceae

Synonymy

Stilago bunius L.