Averrhoa carambola L., Sp. Pl. 428 1753. (Syn: Averrhoa acutangula Stokes; Sarcotheca philippica (Villar) Hallier f.);

av-er-OH-uh — named for Averrhoes, an Arabian physicianDave’s Botanary
kah-rahm-BOH-luh or ka-RAM-boh-luh — Latin form of an aboriginal nameDave’s Botanary

commonly known as: carambola, star fruit, Coromandel gooseberry, kamranga, five finger, five corner • Bengali: কামরাঙা kamarana • Hindi: दन्तसठ dantasatha, कमरक kamaraka, कमरख kamarakha, पर्णमाचाल parnamachal, पीतफल pitaphala, शिराल shiral • Kannada: ಕಮರಾಕ್ಷಿ kamaraakshi, ಕಮರಮ್ಗ kamaramga • Konkani: करंबल karambala • Marathi: कमरख kamarakha, करमळ karamala, करंबल karambala • Sanskrit: कर्मरकः karmarakah, कर्मरंग karmaranga • Tamil: கந்தசட்கம் kantacatkam, தமரத்தை tamarattai, தாமரத்தம்பழம் tamarattampazam • Telugu: అంబాణపుకాయ ambanapukaya, కర్మరంగము karmarangamu, తమాటకాయ tamatakaya

Distribution: cultivated throughout tropics; possible origin Java

Densely branched tree up to 12 m tall, young branches pubescent; leaves imparipinnate with 5-13 ovate to elliptic leaflets, terminal leaflet largest and acuminate; flowers small, in axillary panicles with crimson branches and buds; sepalsnarrowly elliptic, 3-5 mm long; petals white or pink with purple markings, 7-9 mm long; stamens 10 with often 5 fertile alternating with 5 short staminodes, sometimes only 1-2 fertile, filaments dilated at base; ovary pubescent with 5 styles and capitate stigmas; berry yellow to yellow-brown when mature, up to 10 cm long, usually 5-ridged, stellate cross section. 
Two cultivars (though not formally recognised) of this species are well known

Sour type: the smaller, very sour type, richly flavored, with more oxalic acid (nearly 1 %);
Sweet type: the larger, mild-flavored, rather bland, with less oxalic acid (nearly 0.4 %), lighter and more yellower in colour. 

 
Fruit used in jellies, jams, preserves and pickles, also as salad, also made into stews, curries, puddings and tarts; 
This is one of my favorite fruits. I like to eat this fruit with salt and chilli powder sprinkled on it;   

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Fruit & Vegetable Weak- Averrhoa carambola L.: The flower of  Averrhoa carambola L. (Averrhoaceae) from my place in Bongaigaon, Assam.


The fruits are mainly sold near the schools as the children likes it very much.


 

 

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Fruit and Vegetable Week – PR- 080111-Averrhoa carambola: Here are my pics of the Starfruit  growing in our garden at Chennai


 

 

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Fruits & Vegetables Week: Averrhoa carambola, the starfruit or carambola: Averrhoa carambola, the starfruit or carambola, fruit used in jellies, jams, preserves and pickles, also as salad, also made into stews, curries,
puddingsand tarts.
 


 

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Fruits & Vegetable week- Averrhoa carambola:  This one is a tree.
Common name: Carambola, Star fruit
Bot. name: Averrhoa carambola
Family: Oxalidaceae
Fruits are edible.


– nice photos of the flowers and fruits of Carambola.  I am sending photos of the flowers and fruits of Carambola tree growing in our balcony.

Place : Dombivli, Thane Dt.
Date  : January 2011.


– I bought it from a nursery as a graft. Within one year it started flowering and fruiting.


Anappulichy – in South trivandrum


 

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Flora of Haryana: Averhoa carambola from TDL Herbal Park Yamuna Nagar:  Averhoa carambola from TDL Herbal Park Yamuna Nagar


beautiful flowers. I have a plant growing in a pot.  Sending some photos of the fruits.

Place : Dombivli
Date   : April 2010


I grow figs, lemon, karela, snake gourd and herbs like pudina, curry leaves, lemon grass.  All are growing well in pots.  I do not use any fertilizers.  Only soil mixed with gobar  and little water in the morning and rest all work is done my friends – Earthworms !!.


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Averrhoa carambola from Trivandrum city:

Averrhoa carambola (Family: Oxalidaceae) from Trivandrum city.
Photographed on 23rd and 25th April 2012.
Commonly known as star fruit, its fruits are edible.
Native to Southeast Asia and Indian sub-continent.


Thank you … for sharing… beautiful… drooling, KAMRANGA in Bengali, never seen this plant.


… just come over to the Agri Horticulture garden in Alipore, there is at least one big one and a smaller one … the big one is in edge of the parking lot … and a relatively younger one (even that is about 30 years old) on the north side of the office door where the cashiers sit… you can even sample the fruit if the gardeners are removing them for cleaning purposes…

A slow growing small tropical tree, no more than 25 feet tall, originally from Southeast Asia (Indonesia).  
The green leaflets are sensitive to light and fold inward at night. It has small, pink colored flowers with a dark-red heart. The carambola plant will flower and fruit four times yearly. This tropical fruit, fleshy five lobbed, ovate to elliptoid, is attractive yellow-orange and pleasantly aromatic! The tree flowers and bears fruit almost year-round. When sliced in cross section a perfect star is formed.  
Carambola is eaten fresh or in fruit salads. The carambola tree seems to be used for bonsai. 
Ref. Flowers of India


Its flowering now in Lalbagh and also in Cubbon park

I saw one fruit in Lalbagh last week


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Flora of Haryana: Averrhoa carambola from GMNPG College Campus Ambala Cantt Haryana: Averrhoa carambola from GMNPG College Campus Ambala Cantt Haryana
pls validate


I think this is indeed Averrhoa carambola. A beautiful tree. The fruit turns yellowish orange when ripe.



 

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SYMBIOSIS : 251: Attaching an image of a Bumble bee on the flowers of Averrhoa carmbola.



 

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Hooghly Today : Averrhoa carambola Linnaeus:  Averrhoa carambola Linnaeus or KAMRANGA (কামরাঙ্গা / কামরাঙা) (KAMARAK in Bengal Plants).

It’s interesting to note the id key of this genus in FoP & FoC.
Averrhoa carambola
Family : Oxalidaceae
You have picked up the fruits which are edible slightly sour in taste.
The flowers are beautiful too. Flower shape is similar to other Oxalidaceae members like Oxalis.


Yes, Satish Sir, i have eaten a fruit that day, after a long time! But didn’t see flowers yet.


I have a grafted tree growing in a container. It gets fruits twice in a year. Here are the photos.


Wonderful …, if i could had some! I have heard that there is a sweet cultivated variety of this tree, would like to taste that one too!


 

 

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SYMBIOSIS : 281: Attaching an image of Redvented Bulbul on the fruit of Averrhoa carambola. The common name of this fruit is CARAMBOLA. It is known as KAMRAKH in Hindi and KAMRANGA in Bangla. 


 

 

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SYMBIOSIS : 283:   Attaching an image of a male Koel eating the fruit of Averrhoa carambola.


 

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Averrhoa carambola Linn., Sp. Pl. 428. 1753.
Syn: Averrhoa acutangula Stokes
Common names: Carambola
Hindi: Kamrak
Densely branched tree up to 12 m tall, young branches pubescent; leaves imparipinnate with 5-13 ovate to elliptic leaflets, terminal leaflet largest and acuminate; flowers small, in axillary panicles with crimson branches and buds; sepalsnarrowly elliptic, 3-5 mm long; petals white or pink with purple markings, 7-9 mm long; stamens 10 with often 5 fertile alternating with 5 short staminodes, sometimes only 1-2 fertile, filaments dilated at base; ovary pubescent with 5 styles and capitate stigmas; berry yellow to yellow-brown when mature, up to 10 cm long, usually 5-ridged, stellate cross section. 
Fruit commonly used in chats, pickles, jams and jellies. 
Photographed from Herbal Garden, Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi


 
Balsaminaceae, Geraniaceae and Oxalidaceae Week :: MN01 :: Averrhoa carambola from Dombivli:

Another discussion addresses this topic:

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Sending photos of Averrhoa carambola growing in our balcony.
Place : Dombivli
Date : April 2009


Great depiction …

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Balsaminaceae, Geraniaceae and Oxalidaceae Week: Oxalidaceae :: Averrhoa carambola Pune : 7 images.  Averrhoa carambola
Placed under Family : Averrhoaceae in BSI Flora Mah.
Observed in a private bungalow in Pune.
last few pictures are from Maharashtra Nature Park Mumbai. Dec 12  


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Balsaminaceae, Geraniaceae and Oxalidaceae Week : ARK-01 : Averrhoa carambola: 4 images. 4 posts by 3 authors.    

This is my first posting in this group for a family week.

Attached are some pictures of Averrhoa carambola

Captured in Hiranandani Gardens, Powai Mumbai in Jan 2013.


Very good. Mumbai seems to have many trees. The fruits are seen for sale on Mumbai footpaths!


 

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This one was shot from Tau Devi Lal Herbal Park, Yamunanagar (Haryana)… Averrhoa carambola L.
A slow growing small tropical tree, no more than 25 feet tall, originally from Southeast Asia (Indonesia). 
The green leaflets are sensitive to light and fold inward at night. It has small, pink colored flowers with a dark-red heart. The carambola plant will flower and fruit four times yearly. This tropical fruit, fleshy five lobbed, ovate to elliptoid, is attractive yellow-orange and pleasantly aromatic! The tree flowers and bears fruit almost year-round.  
When sliced in cross section a perfect star is formed.  
Carambola is eaten fresh or in fruit salads. The carambola tree seems to be used for bonsai. 

Thanks … for complete set of pictures, as always..

Common name: Carambola, Star fruit
Bot. name: Averrhoa carambola
Family: Oxalidaceae
Fruits are edible.


Beautiful! The fruits were for sale outside the VJ garden in Mumbai last year


Thanks …  for sharing…the habit picture is unique..


 

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Averrhoa carambola from FRLHT’s medicinal plants garden, Bangalore.
Oxalidaceae
Averrhoa carambola L. 
av-er-OH-uh — named for Averrhoes, an Arabian physicianDave’s Botanary
kah-rahm-BOH-luh or ka-RAM-boh-luh — Latin form of an aboriginal nameDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: carambola, star fruit, Coromandel gooseberry, kamranga, five finger, five corner • Bengali: কামরাঙা kamarana • Hindi: दन्तसठ dantasatha, कमरक kamaraka, कमरख kamarakha, पर्णमाचाल parnamachal, पीतफल pitaphala, शिराल shiral • Kannada: ಕಮರಾಕ್ಷಿ kamaraakshi, ಕಮರಮ್ಗ kamaramga • Konkani: करंबल karambala • Marathi: कमरख kamarakha, करमळ karamala, करंबल karambala • Sanskrit: कर्मरकः karmarakah, कर्मरंग karmaranga • Tamil: கந்தசட்கம் kantacatkam, தமரத்தை tamarattai, தாமரத்தம்பழம் tamarattampazam • Telugu: అంబాణపుకాయ ambanapukaya, కర్మరంగము karmarangamu, తమాటకాయ tamatakaya
Distribution: cultivated throughout tropics; possible origin Java
References: Flowers of IndiaWikipediaNPGS / GRINFurther Flowers of Sahyadri by Shrikant Ingalhalikar  
in garden of resort at Kamshet on 01-02 MAY 08


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Sharing pictures of Averrhoa carambola, flowers & fruits seen during various visits to a plant nursery in Nasik.
Commonly known as Star Fruit.


 

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Hooghly Today : flowers : Averrhoa carambola L. :  Attachments (8). 3 posts by 2 authors.
I have earlier post of this tree – https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!topic/indiantreepix/L3jHM9inVUQ.


the flowers are beautiful indeed.

 

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Flowers of Averrhoa carambola MN030813 : Attachments (1). 1 post by 1 author.

Flowers of Carambola growing in our balcony.


 

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Averrhoa carambola L. from Assam : Attachments (8). 1 post by 1 author. 
Attached images are Averrhoa carambola L. from Assam.
Date :08.11.2013
Location: Kamrup district, Assam
Family : Oxalidaceae
Genus & species : Averrhoa carambola L.
Habit : Tree


 

 

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SYMBIOSIS : 645 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1).
Attaching an image of a Blank Swift butterfly on the flowers of Averrohoa carambola.

Images by tspkumar

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TSP-APR2016-05-305:Images of Averrhoa carambola ( Oxalidaceae) : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)

It is my pleasure to share few images of Averrhoa carambola  (Oxalidaceae 

Habit: Tree 

Habitat: Cultivated 

Sighting: Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1200 msl 

Date: 06-02-2016


Beautiful complete set again.

 

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REQUESTIONG FOR ID ASSISTANCE : 8 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (1)
habra, kolkata, west bengal

09/05/2016


Thanks, … Is it a tree or a shrub ?


Tree sir


It looks like star fruit (Averrhoa carambola)


yes…it is star fruit (Averrhoa carambola)


Looks like Averrhoa carambola to me too.


Yes it is Averrhoa carambola



 

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Fwd: SYMBIOSIS : 1054 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
attaching a collage of Red Vented Bulbul feeding on fruits of Averrhoa carambola (KAMRANGA).
 



 

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Averrhoa carambola: On Pongal Day in 2009, I plucked more than 10 Kgs of starfruit from the tree I had planted 30 or so years ago. This year we got barely a handful but every day (in the season) there were half-eaten tiny fruit lying under the tree. Last week I managed to catch the thief  in the act of plunder, though only on film. 
There were two of them quietly hopping around and munching away. I only noticed them because I was standing under the tree getting some leaves composted and saw the half-eaten fruit fall down. There was no sound until they screeched and flew away together after their breakfast.


–  Rose-ringed Parakeets [the female is featured here] eat only the seeds and discard the fleshy pulp.


– My potted Carambola tree flowered and now there are fruits.


– So that was why I saw so much fruit wasted on the driveway, is it? Do they discard the flesh of all fruits or only of the carambola since it is sour?  The male was also there but not easily visible to my camera. I presume it was her mate as they suddenly  flew off together,  screeching raucously.


– My elderly aunt (90 years ) has suggested I tie a tin with a striker and get someone to sound the makeshift bell on and off to scare away the birds. I must see whether there are any fruit left to justify the effort.  There are so many tiny fruit on the ground, which are sure not to have formed seeds by then. The way the fruit is wasted is a shame, though I can see the point of view of the gourmet parakeet too.


– They do the same with Guavas [and also with chillies/ red peppers].

 


 

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07/05/2011/YRP/01/Naoroz Estate, Chethalayam, Wayanad.: some pictures of flowers (3mm in diameter), fruits and leaves of Averrhoa carambola (Star fruit). Normally sour, but at our place juicy and sweet.
Date & Time 07/05/2011
Location: Place, Altitude, GPS  Chethalayam, Wayanad.
Habitat: Garden, Urban, Wild Type:      Garden.
Plant Habit: Tree, Shrub, Climber, Herb Tree.
Height, Length. 15 ft.

Averrhoa carambola, Family Averrhoaceae


Two cultivars (though not formally recognised) of this species are well known

    Sour type: the smaller, very sour type, richly flavored, with more oxalic acid (nearly 1 %);
    Sweet type:  the larger, mild-flavored, rather bland, with less oxalic acid (nearly 0.4 %), lighter and more yellower in colour.
    One website, however, write that sour fruits are larger about 5 inch long, whereas sweet ones shorter, about 3 inch long. Perhaps you may know more about this.

The fruits on my plant are large some as large as 4″ in length, I think we can conclude that the sweeter ones are large.


This is one of my favorite fruits. I like to eat this fruit with salt and chilli powder sprinkled on it.  I have a small tree growing in a pot and last year it gave many fruits.


I enjoy it too. We have around 4 such trees and they produce plenty of fruits. Chethalayam being the place it is, it has no commercial value. I enjoy it, one more reason I like it is because it has plenty of fibres. My friends enjoy it, so do my birds and my cows. They are found underneath the tree as soon as it starts ripening. It grows very fast from seeds and soon there will be plenty of plants.


I tasted it for the first time recently this year and I liked it. I think there is a need to vist your garden and try tasting all edibles ones…. It would certainly be a great experience for me.


You are welcome any time. Only, it is a wild garden. You will be surprised how many so called weeds could be eaten. Another drawback, you can not go out in the night due to elephants. Otherwise, it is very close to the original garden of Eden.


Sweet Carambola is found in Assam also. It is very tasty and I eat it without any salt. 


Unfortunately, the ones I have in my home garden bears fruits which grows up to 4 inches but are decidedly sour. 


nice photos of  flowers and fruits. Mine is growing in a small pot.  It is sweet when ripe and yellowish and my son enjoys the fruit with some salt. Last month it flowers and fruited. I am sending some photos of the previous fruits. 


It is amazing how you grow it on the balcony of a highrise building.
Please be careful it does not send roots into small crevices in the building. 

 


 

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Flower for Id -ID12022018SH1 : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)

Flower for Id pl.
Location – Mumbai

Date – May 2017


Wild or planted?

Where in Mumbai?  

it is planted in a public garden – not wild. In Mumbai – Versova area.


… perhaps, flowers of the star fruit, Averrhoa carambola ?

Yes, …, I also think it is Averrhoa carambola


But I haven’t seen it bearing the fruits yet  


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Averrhoa carambola L. : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)- around 400 kb each. 
Location: Victoria Peak, Hong Kong 
Date: 12 August 2018
Elevation: 1300 ft.
Habit : Cultivated
Star fruit !

Yes, Thanks for sharing.


yes. grows every where in tropics, lower gangetic plains esp. nice and one tree that may not have needed a label! go figure


 

 

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SYMBIOSIS : 1250 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Attaching a collage of Bee visiting flowers of Averrhoa carambola (KAMRANGA/ KAMROK)

very nice. i did not realize it starts flowering now


Id.Shrilanka 6. Jan 2020 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)
Id pl, Shrilanka Jan 2020.


Seems to it’s cultivated one if it’s check with Phyllanthus acidus,

It is cultivated. Thanks a lot for confirming.


Also check for Averrhoa sps (A.carambola ?) 

Thanks, …, for the id.
Appears more closer to images at Averrhoa carambola rather than those at Phyllanthus acidus



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