Monday, October 27, 2008

Rambutan - Nephelium lappaceum

The rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) is a medium-sized tropical tree in the family Sapindaceae, and the fruit of this tree. It is probably native to Southeast Asia (including Borneo), although its precise natural distribution is unknown. It is closely related to several other edible tropical fruits including the Lychee, Longan and Mamoncillo. Rambutan in Indonesian or Malay literally means hairy or hairy fruit caused by the 'hair' that covers this fruit. In Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, it is known as mamón chino.

Macro shot of Rambutan hairs

Closeup shot of Rambutan hairs

A ripening Rambutan fruit

Rambutan fruit bunch, how it look from far.

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