Rambutan

 
 

Rambutan is native to China and from Cambodia to Indonesia and the Philippines. It reaches a height of 80 feet, with a straight trunk 2 feet in diameter. The leaves are up to 1 foot long and are composed of one to five pairs of leaflets, the largest up to 8 inches long. Flowers are minute and are grouped in terminal inflorescences up to 1 foot long. Fruits are up to 2.5 inches wide, the pulp is translucent and sweet. It flowers in spring and the fruits mature mostly during summer. The generic name means cloud, probably in reference to the translucent pulp. The species name means with a burr or beard, apparently in reference to the fruit's appearance.


The photographed tree is north of the new Agricultural Sciences greenhouses and is the only member of the species in the campus.

Nephelium lappaceum (Sapindaceae)