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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.


You are bidding on * fresh seeds born and grown in Hawaii.


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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We ship via USPS Mondays-Wednesday with Delivery confirmation.

    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 and custom boxing fee.

Last and usually least is USPS postage (shipping)


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

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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  NOT eligible for any combined discount. Non-paying bidders will be reported as an unpaid item to eBay.


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

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For 8+ 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 us to clean and  prepare every last piece before we drive them to the Inspection Station on the other side of the island.

This requirement 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.

Before you purchase After you Receive your Items.

There is the risk when you grow plants that they may die. LIVE PLANTS are PERISHABLE, guaranteed not to live forever.

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When you order a plant we assume you are prepared to care for it. It is your responsibility to know how to care  for the plant. Do some research before they arrive or seek experienced help.

 Small plants need protection from many things, wind, sun, dry-out. They do well just in the garage or living  room. They need good light but not sunlight (full sun will burn small plants). Small pots dry-out easily. Just sitting in a shallow tray of water works well. The idea is to keep the plants from dehydrating.

Be careful if you decide to re-pot.  Re-potting voids any warranty. Plants are easily damaged with new/different mix. Use NO fertilizers (this may kill your plants).  Proper care is critical upon arrival. Live Plants are NOT GUARANTEED  to survive under your care. DO NOT expect any live plant to be GUARANTEED to remain alive. Plants are NOT GUARANTEED TO SURVIVE after you begin Care! Live arrival  is guaranteed, eternal survival is up to you.


 IF YOU are NOT able to provide PROPER CARE, PLEASE DO NOT EXPECT plant to be GUARANTEED after it perishes.


Please Do NOT email me after a week after receiving and repotting your plant, and make a claim it arrived  damaged. All photo support must be as arrived in original condition  when received (in the box and packed as delivered).

If you repot your plant after delivery, all warranties are voided and no replacement is offered.  You should use good gardening skills and repot if desired but at buyer's risk and expense.

If repotted, you are responsible for the condition of the plant. NO REPLACEMENT or REFUND WILL BE CONSIDERED IF YOU HAVE REPOTTED THE PLANT.

Not every plant that I grow 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.

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I am very reasonable and understanding, anything can happen to small plants in transit, for this reason uninsurable.

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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I ship items the best and least expensive option. These are coming from Hawaii.  The only thing inexpensive here in Hawaii are my items!! I do ship all my items promptly via best method. If you feel  like the combined shipping fee is wrong, please wait to be invoiced and check back with me! I value your business and  will work diligently to keep you satisfied. I am very generous and reasonable with reasonable people, just ask.

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Rare Seeds

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When you receive your seeds, you have only 7 days to make any claim. Once planted, seeds can NOT be returned and no refund is offered. All seed sales are final. There are no germination guarantees.

Seller warrants seed to be of the variety and quantity advertised. Safe delivery is guaranteed and seeds lost or damaged during shipment will be replaced at seller's expense. Claims must be made within 7 days of shipment. All other replacements, refunds, returns and exchanges will be  made at the sole discretion of the seller.

  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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