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Spondias mombin


Spondias mombin is a tree, a species of flowering plant in the family Anacardiaceae. It is native to the tropical Americas, including the West Indies. The tree has been naturalized in parts of Africa, India and Indonesia. It is rarely cultivated.

The great fruit has a leathery skin and a thin layer of pulp. The pulp is either eaten fresh, or made into juice, concentrate, jellies , and sherbets. In Suriname's traditional medicine, the infusion of the leaves is used as a treatment of eye inflammation, diarrhea and venereal diseases. The seed has an oil content of 31.5%.

It has several common names. Throughout the Spanish-speaking Caribbean and Mexico it is called jobo . Among the English-speaking Caribbean islands it is known as yellow mombin or hog plum, while in Jamaica it is called Spanish plum or gully plum. In Ghana, it is hog plum or Ashanti plum. In Nigeria, the fruit is called iyeye in the Yoruba language,See Ayoka et al. , Oladele . Note that Aiyeloja & Ajewole give agbalumo as the local name in Osun State, however other sources identify agbalumo elsewhere in Nigeria with the African star apple, Chrysophyllum alibidum and related species; see for example Aiyeloja & Bello and Oyelade et al. (2005). ngulungwu in Igbo and isada in Hausa. Other common names include true yellow mombin, golden apple or Java plum, caja in Brazil. In Assamese it is called Omora. In Thai it is called makawk .

See also

List of plants of Cerrado vegetation of Brazil

Spondias purpurea (Purple mombin)

Spondias tuberosa (Umbu)

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