- Scientific name: Averrhoa carambola
- Family: Oxalidaceae (wood sorrel, Bermuda buttercup, oca, star fruit)
Densely branched tree up to 14m tall. Leaves spirally arranged. Collections of flowers (inflorescences) growing from where the leaf joins stem (axils) or directly from the stem (cauliferous). Flowers pinkish-purple, unscented with short-clawed petals. Fruits ovoid or ellipsoid, star-shaped in cross section and dark yellow when ripe.
- There are many cultivars of this plant, producing fruits that differ in size and flavour.
- The pretty yellow fruits, which are in fact berries, can have up to five ribs and are produced almost all year round.
- The fruits are slightly tart and can be eaten raw or pickled. They also make a refreshing juice and can be used as a stain remover for hands, clothes and weapons, apparently.
Where it grows
Native to Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka.
- Ellipsoid: elliptical in shape.
- Ovoid: three-dimensionally egg-shaped with broader end at base.