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acerola

Malpighia emarginata

Description:

Malpighia emarginata is a tropical fruit-bearing shrub or small tree in the family Malpighiaceae. Common names include acerola, Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry[4] and wild crapemyrtle.[5] Acerola is native from South of Mexico, Central and South America, but now being also grown as far North as Texas and in subtropical areas – Asia and India. It is known for being extremely rich in vitamin C although it also contains vitamins A, B1, B2 and B3 as well as carotenoids and bioflavonoids which provide very important nutritive value and a possible use as an antioxidant[6]. This vitamin C produced by the fruit is better absorbed by human organisms than synthetic ascorbic acid

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2 Comments

IanMichaelIleto
IanMichaelIleto 8 years ago

Although this one is clipped as a hegde, fruits and flowers are the same. I think you are right Jonathan, Thanks for the ID.

Ian, I am not familiar with plants in Philippines but the flowers look familiar, check for genus in the Malpighiaceae family.
Malpighia emarginata, is a possible one.

IanMichaelIleto
Spotted by
IanMichaelIleto

Aklan, Philippines

Spotted on Jul 9, 2011
Submitted on Jul 18, 2011

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