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Phyllanthus acidus


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).


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.

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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.


Hardiness: The Otaheite Gooseberry is tropical or subtropical and can take several degrees of frost for brief periods of time.

Growing Environment: The trees generally prefer moist soil. There are often two fruiting cycles per year and depending on the climate, trees may produce off and on throughout the year.

Propagation: By seed, which may bear in 4 years, or by budding, greenwood cuttings, and air-layering.

Uses: Often the fruit is cooked with sugar, upon which the pulp and juice turns bright red. Common uses for the resulting fruit mixture are to prepare beverages or use as a sauce.

 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.

Male and female flowers are borne on the same tree. The flowers can be male, female or hermaphrodite. They are small and pinkish and appear in clusters in 5-to-12.5-cm long panicles. Flowers are formed at leafless parts of the main branches, at the upper part of the tree. The fruits are numerous, oblate, with 6 to 8 ribs, develop so densely that they actually form spectacular masses. They are pale yellow or white, waxy, crisp and juicy, and very sour. It has only one seed in each fruit.

Small white to slightly yellow colored fruit borne in great abundance, with a crunchy, juicy, acidic flavored pulp.
This tree grows on a wide range of soils but prefers rather moist sites.


      The fruit is called "Grosella" in Puerto Rico and Colombia. Since the fruit is tart, it is often eaten in "Dulce de Grosellas". The preparation of this dessert consist in simmering the berries with sugar until they are soft and turn red in color. The liquid from the cooking is also used as a beverage. In Colombia it is also most commonly eaten raw with salt.


        The juice can be used in beverage, or the fruit pickled in sugar. When cooked with plenty of sugar, the fruit turns ruby red and produces a kind of jelly, which is called mứt chùm ruột in Vietnamese. It can also be salted.


        The Otaheite gooseberry prefers moist soil. Although it usually grows from seeds, the tree can also be multiplied from budding, greenwood cuttings or air-layers. It bears two crops per year in South India: one in April-May and the other in August-September. Elsewhere, it is mainly harvested in January. this tree is occasionally found as a curiosity, for instance, it is resistant enough to fruit in Tampa. Seedlings will produce a substantial crop in 4 years. No fruit is borne in greater abundance than the crisp, sour, pale-yellow Otaheite gooseberry.

Height: 10ft to over 40 ft. (3-12 m)

Hardiness: USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

Sun Exposure: Full Sun

Bloom Color: Red

Foliage:  Evergreen, Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings.



     Tahitian gooseberry is a small tropical tree with ovate pointed leaves that grows up to 50 feet tall. Tahitian gooseberry bears fruit in abundance on the branches.
It has reddish flowers and pale-yellow waxy fruit, 3/4 - 1" thick and is 6-8 ridged; in the center is a hard stone containing 4-6 seeds. The yellow fruit of the Tahitian gooseberry is edible and tastes sour; it is one of the few members of the Euphorbiaceae family that has edible fruit.
The tart flesh is used as a flavoring or made into jelly in Suriname.

            This plant is a deciduous tree. It prefers a sunny location and regular watering. It bears green fruit (yellow flesh) after the red flowers are finished blooming. The fruit is the size of a concord grape. The fruit is actually edible, but somewhat tart. It can be made into jelly.


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     All live plants are shipped bare-root wrapped in moist sphagnum moss to ensure the plant's healthy transit to you. All live plants are Inspected By USDA Plant Inspectors before they are shipped to insure you get healthy pest free plants and seeds.

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All plant materials are required by LAW to inspected and certified by USDA prior to export Hawaii to the US Mainland.

After Inspection, USDA stamps released for export Hawaii to the US Mainland. All items are delivered to USDA Inspection Station at Honolulu International airport.

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There is a packing & custom boxing fee.

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We can ship certified live plants to the US only. Only Domestic Shipping and Handling includes USDA Certification.

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      Please only one Paypal payment. SO THE COMBINED SHIPPING RULE WILL CAN BE USED. Late or Multiple PayPal payments are NOT eligible for any discount.

We will ship once a week - ON or BEFORE WEDNESDAYS, because of the special stamps needed to ship plants and cuttings to you.  This can only be done at the Dept. of Agriculture.  If payments are not met before that MONDAY, your items will be shipped the following week and lose the combined discount opportunity. Non-paying bidders may receive negative feedback and will be reported as an unpaid item to eBay.


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We will combine shipping for auctions won on the same week paid with same PayPal payment.

This policy is good for auction items bought and paid for in the week ending MONDAY.

We ship on Tuesdays.

Payment must be received within 4 days of the auction ending. 

Combined Discounts Won Auctions

For 2-3 winning auctions, the combined discount is 10% of the total Shipping and Handling charges.

For 4-7 winning auctions, the combined discount is 20% of the total Shipping and Handling charges.

For 7+ winning auctions, the combined discount is 30% of the total Shipping and Handling charges.

As each order is packed and prepared separately you will pay the quoted S/H charges individually per item. If you buy the same species in that item it does calculate out the discount (i.e.: additional items)

My stores' combined shipping is built in for same items rather than a varied selection. Domestic S/H includes postage, USDA certification and inspection, proper packing and delivery to Airport for prompt delivery. I can't really change any of these. If you want one of this and one of that, it is hard to discount much as each different species requires it's own prep, packing, then at USDA each has to be unwrapped and inspected then repacked. USDA requires me to clean and prepare every last piece before we drive them to the Inspection Station on the other side of the island. It takes my wife and I, 2-3 days to pack items and get ready to ship. The whole next day we drive around the island and get inspected (2-3 hours), then drive to the Airport Post Office to drop off. It takes the same work with the same type item if you can understand.

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Not every plant that I order through the mail survives, and I am aware of that and accept the risk when I order. This is the risk that you as the buyer accept, because there is no way to know what kind of conditions it will endure in the trip to your door. My responsibility ends when a live plant is delivered to your door. Live arrival is guaranteed, eternal survival is up to you.

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The expense to send it to you is most of your payment. To send any replacements, I try to piggy back with your next order.

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  Seed is a live product which depends on many important related grower skills such as proper planting time, seed depth, type of soil, irrigation, proper use of fertilizers, weed controls, fungicides, insecticides, disease free soil, and reasonable weather conditions during the growing period. Germination is affected by such factors as temperature, moisture content, light intensity and contamination of planting media. These factors are totally out of the seller's control and are the buyer's responsibility and risk. Consequentially, the seller cannot unconditionally guarantee seed to perform properly regardless of conditions or the buyer's methods or mistakes.

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