too much sadness in the last two posts, better cheering up a little. starfruit is indeed a cheering plant during its flowering and fruiting seasons.
starfruit is an evergreen tree originates from the indian peninsula. it has been planted in china and asia for hundreds of years. in the tropics and subtropics, it blooms all year round and is common to see flowers and fruits ripen and not the same time.
starfruit the plant is quite a magician. it is good in presenting wonders in shapes and colours. the flowers are adorable – small, bell-like and in charming pink. don’t the branches of flower cluster remind you of coral? the fruit when first emerges is already in its signature shape and new green, these bright green and pink make such a lovely contrast.
one interesting fact i just learnt when researching starfruit is that “the leaflets are reactive to light and tend to fold together at night, they are also sensitive to abrupt shock and when shaken tend to close up also.” (from wikipedia) ; a tree mimosa!
楊桃 starfruit (averrhoa carambola)
kingdom: 植物界 plantae | class: 被子植物門 magnoliophyta | division: 雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida | order: 酢漿草目 oxalidales | family: 酢漿草科 oxalidaceae | genus: 楊桃屬/五斂子屬 averrhoa | species: 楊桃種a. carambola
- starfruit on wikipedia