~Groselha~ Synonyms Phyllanthus distichus, Cicca acida, Cicca disticha L. Phyllanthus acidus origin Madagascar Native to Madagascar, but was spread long ago by humans to India, southeast Asia, and some Pacific islands. Tahitian Gooseberry Tree Family: Euphorbiaceae (Spurge family). ~Otaheite~ Gooseberry
Common names: Otaheite Gooseberry, Malay Gooseberry, Tahitian Gooseberry, Indian Gooseberry, Star Gooseberry, West India Gooseberry, Country Gooseberry, Aamloki, Wild plum, Iba, Tjerme, Tjareme, Jimbling, Manzana estrella, Groselha, Cherme grosella.
Other Common names of this tree include Amalaka in Sanskrit, Amla in Hindi, Amlaki in Bengali, Amala in Nepal, Nellikka in Malayalam, Usirikai in Telugu, and Nellikai in Kannada, and Tamil as well as Aonla, Aola, Ammalaki, Dharty, Aamvala, Aawallaa, Emblic, Emblic myrobalan, Malacca tree, Nillika, and Nellikya in various other languages
This is a curious and ornamental shrub or tree, 6 to 40 ft high, with spreading, dense, bushy crown of thick, rough, main branches, in general aspect resembling the Bilimbi. This tropical tree, which has obvious ornamental features, can withstand very slight frosts of about 30°F (-1°C), provided the growing season is warm and long. This fruit has several ribs and is about 1-2 in (1.25-2.5 cm) wide. It has a white-yellow flesh, and has a waxy aspect.
The flesh is juicy and very acidic. The Tahitian gooseberry is thus seldom eaten fresh, but is rather eaten cooked or is preserved. It can also be transformed into various sauces, juices, sirups and other beverages. This tree bears numerous small and pink flowers, which are grouped in clusters.