Java, Myanmar [Burma] (Mon, Taninthayi), peninsular Malaysia (scattered in the wild), Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Philippines (Basilan), Palawan, Vietnam (I), Borneo, Sumatra, Sulawesi, ?Moluccas (?Ceram), Sri Lanka (I), Palau Isl. (I) (Babeldaob (I), Pohnpei (I)), Society Isl. (I) (Tahiti (I), Raiatea (I), etc. (I)), China (I) (Guangdong (I), Hainan (I)), Taiwan (I), Costa Rica (I), Trinidad & Tobago (I), Honduras (c), trop. Africa (I), Angola (I), Guinea (I) as per Catalogue of Life;
The Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) and the Pulasan (Nephelium ramboutan-ake) are very closely related. The only constant morphological difference between them is in the fruit appendages. In Nephelium lappaceum, the basal part of fruit appendage is small and inconspicuous and the upper part is thread-like and long; in Nephelium rambutan-ake, on the other hand, the basal part of fruit appendage is relatively large, triangular to ovoid, and tapering towards the short and broad, often thick and stiff apical part.
The only ‘good’ difference between N. lappaceum and N. ramboutan-ake is in the fruit appendages. In the former they have a small and inconspicuous basal part and a long, filiform upper part, whereas in the latter the basal part is relatively large, triangular to ovate in shape, and tapering into a short and broad, often thick and stiff apical part.

Ramtan fruit
Sold in the vegetable shops. (Rs. 200/- per K.G.)
06 July 2010
Chennai, TN

Is it also known by the name Rambutan? or both are different? In Kozhikode, Kerala  the fruit is available in the market.

Nephelium lappaceum L. from the family Sapindaceae.


some pictures of Rambutan fruits, trees. From the farm of my friend, …
Date & Time 19/04/11
Location: Place, Altitude, GPS  Cherplashery, Tootha Puzha, Palakad District , Kerala
Habitat: Garden, Urban, Wild Type:      Garden
Plant Habit: Tree, Shrub, Climber, Herb Tree
Height, Length. 20’

– I like your first nice picture! Because we usually take the pictures of the mature red fruits, never take the green ones. You call it rambutan, we also call it rambutan. Rambut = hairs.  Thus, fruits with hairs. Many Indian words are the same as Indonesian words.


Fruits: Nephelium lappaceum L.: Nephelium lappaceum L. Mant. Pl. 125 1767.
Family: Sapindaceae
Common name: Rambutan.
This tastes a bit better than Litchi but the sead coat is left on the aril which you cant separate. But try it, you wont regret….. 🙂

Yes this is the right season!!!



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