Malpighia glabra
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Malpighia glabra

wild crapemyrtle
Barbados cherry

  family malpighiaceae 
  genus malpighia 

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Genus  Malpighia Species  glabra Variety  Cultivar  Common names  wild crapemyrtle   Barbados cherry   acerolas Family  MALPIGHIACEAE Specimen number  S2432 Data source  GrUnFr p32-34
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Depends on climate Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  8' - 15' 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 
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 a bright red cherry that is thin skinned, juicy and acidic. There are many nutritional properties of merit in Malpighia glabra; for example vitamin C, calcium and iron can all be found. As a food source, Wild crapemyrtle (sometimes called Barbados cherry and acerolas) is often used in jelly and as juice.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Jelly   Juice Nutritional value  Vitamin C   Calcium   Iron Edible parts  Fruit Description of edible parts a bright red cherry that is thin skinned, juicy and acidic Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Malpighia glabra is considered to have originated from Tropical America.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes 

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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