Averrhoa bilimbi
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Averrhoa bilimbi

cucumber tree

  family oxalidaceae 
  genus averrhoa 

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Genus  Averrhoa Species  bilimbi Variety  Cultivar  Common names  bilimbi   cucumber tree   bilimbing Family  OXALIDACEAE Specimen number  S8664 Data source  DyePl p48;GrUnFr p69
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Evergreen Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  30' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The fruit of Averrhoa bilimbi has been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Orange is the most typical color produced by Bilimbi (also known as cucumber tree and bilimbing). Cucumber Tree is used in Malaysia for dyeing. Used with other plant dyes to produce clear orange color.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The fruit is smaller and with more acid than A. carambola. Averrhoa bilimbi if frequently used in preserves. Bilimbi (sometimes called cucumber tree and bilimbing) is most often used fresh or pickled.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Fruit Dye color  orange
Propagule  Various Pollination method  Self fertile Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Very tender Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Pickled   Fresh   Preserves Nutritional value  Edible parts  Fruit Description of edible parts smaller and with more acid than A. carambola Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  No special fertilization is necessary for Averrhoa bilimbi to produce fruit. It is very tender and will die on the first cold night. Bilimbi (in some places called cucumber tree and bilimbing) is thought to originate from Indonesia.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Averrhoa bilimbi is evergreen.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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