Emblic

 
 

Emblic, or Indian-gooseberry, is native to southern China and from India to Indonesia. It reaches a height of 60 feet, with a trunk 1 foot in diameter. Superficially it seems that the leaves are compound, but the central axis of the "leaflet" is really a branchlet from which the true leaves originate, each scarcely an eighth of an inch wide. The flowers are small, greenish-yellow, and difficult to observe among the foliage. Fruits are up to 1.5 inches long, astringent and very acid. It flowers mostly during the summer and fruits ripen from autumn to spring. The generic name indicates that the flowers seem to originate from the leaves. The species name apparently derives from an old name for the tree in Asia.


The photographed tree is southwest of the Dean of Students Building. There are other trees southeast of this building, north of the Department of Band and Orchestra, and behind the Lucchetti Building.

Phyllanthus emblica (Phyllanthaceae)