From the Archives
of the Rare Fruit Council of Australia, inc.
by Wm. F. Whitman
Scientific name: Rollinia deliciosa
The genus Rollinia contains more than a dozen species indigenous to the West Indies, Central and South America. Two of these, the R. pulchrinervia (deliciosa) and the R. mucosa, have been grown in South Florida for some time and appear well-adapted to our warmer climatic area.
medium-sized trees are vigorous growers and under favorable conditions
can reach a height of 20 ft. in about three years after being set out
in the field. The obovate-oblong or elliptical leaves are 6 to 10
inches long. The pale greenish-yellow to cream-yellow fruit is
roundish-oblate in shape, 3 to 8 inches in length with a soft, sweet,
whitish-translucent pulp in which are embedded numerous seeds. As there
can be a variation in fruit size, fruit quality and productivity among
seedling populations, the vegetative propagation of superior strains
could prove beneficial.
In South Florida the Rollinia is attacked by chalcid fly mealybugs and scale. In Brazil R. pulchrinervia goes under the names of "Biriba" and "Fruta de Condessa".
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