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Avocado, Butter fruit, butter pear or alligator pear;


Avocado leaves, fruits and seed – efloraofindia | Google Groups: 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)
sending some pictures of Avocado leaves, fruits and seeds.

…, beautiful leaves and fruits.  How many years it takes for the tree to fruit?

Yes I am also interested to know the age of the plant the fruiting takes place.


Fruits & Vegetables :: Avocados from Sri Lanka : 030111:AK-4:
Avocados from Sri Lanka showing the flowers,  tender fruits & the ready fruits by the roadside on Kandy-Colombo road.

– It seems the fruits were being relished by some bids previously


¿ Persea americana ? at Madikeri:
When my eyes met the glossy fruit, it reminded me of two IDs simultaneously:
… and Avocado !!!!

    Seen at Kodagu Valley Resorta moderate sized sturdy tree … 30 MAR 11. If not mistaking, the plant could be Persea americana … if else, ID please.
At http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/avocado_ars.html by Morton, J. 1987. Avocado. p. 91–102. In: Fruits of warm climates. Julia F. Morton, Miami, FL. states:
… avocado can be classified as:
A) P. americana Mill. var. americana (P. gratissima Gaertn.), West Indian Avocado;
B) P. americana Mill. var. drymifolia Blake (P. drymifolia Schlecht. & Cham.), the Mexican Avocado;
C) P. nubigena var. guatemalensis L. Wms., the Guatemalan Avocado.
Besides ID, would like to know the variety of the posted plant … am sure, .. will be able to throw some light on species and varieties of Avocado in and around Kerala.

– It does look like Avocado. There are differences between the leaves in my garden though as well as the (I do not know what you call it), the stem on which the fruit hangs. They are much longer in the pictures sent by you, at the same time the leaves in your pictures look quite pointed at the end. I have gone through the pictures on Wikipedia and the pictures there do look like in your pictures. To me it is Avocado.


– Here are mine from California to compare.

– Your pictures are very much like the ones uploaded by …

– Here are my pics of Avocado in Bangalore.

Very common tree in Mysore city. It is a back yard tree in houses.


Please ID Coorg Tree-2 with unusual flower structure : AS_11052012:
Picture of flower and branch from large tree growing on a Coorg plantation.
The flower has multiple appendages which remind one of Meliaceae or Celasraceae, but are different.
Plesae help ID

Avocado or Persea americana.

Further look-up on te id explained to me the multiple whorls, flaps on the stamens etc., apparently a feature of the Lauraceae family. Except the gynoecium is hidden on my image
Sharing the useful links :


Avacado fruit:
ENCLOSING A PIC SHOWING THE MEXICAN HAAS variety very young fruits ( about a month from being edible and harvestable) fruits and leaves… from a doctor’s garden


ID- Green fruit- UTC, Bangalore:
Date- May 25, 2012
Location- UTC, Bangalore
This tree has green fruits- somewhat guava shaped

Difficult again, but looking at the second photograph it could be Hirda [Terminalia chebula].

The size of the fruit (and the location of the tree) leading me to think of Persea americana, the Avacado tree.
More pictures should help to confirm.

I think … is right, is the Haas variety of mexican avacado, though the skin is not as dark and granula, but the “irregularity” on the skin on the front fruit in pc 1 seems to be a developing fruit..
AND QUESTION FOR MR AGNIHOTRI: are guavas ever elongated ? cultivars? I have not seen one….

may be even open a fruit if you are allowed to pick one or find a fallen one after a storm or monkeys visit the garden …
one large stone like seed will clinch the diagnosis and if the fruit is ripe, plant the seed with the tip facing upwards, and the flattish base towards the bottom… in wet sand or a glass of water with seeds half submerged.. google it lots of people would have shown pic
leaves are open diagnostic… esp for terminalia sp as Neil has shown many times.
ENCLOSING A PIC SHOWING THE MEXICAN HAAS variety very young fruits (about a month from being edible and harvestable) fruits and leaves…


I will try what you have suggested- the tree was within a fenced area, but I will see if I can get access or find another individual. Will at least take binoculars along to get a closer look.
In the enclosed photo, there are rough ridges on the fruit- the one I saw had a smooth surface (dont know if it will get rougher as it ripens).

Its butter fruit or avocado.
It does become rougher as it ripens.
Its everywhere in bangalore.
I am amazed at who eats fruits as they are so many of them.
The juice is very good. Sold in every juice shop.


Request Tree ID 100 – Lalbagh, Bangalore – RA:

avocado… most likely
the tree form not diagnostic since its been pruned a lot..
the fruit skin grain =- avocado…
but the leaf veins are a bit different from my leaves i showed yesterday…

This is much smaller fruit than avocado, I have seen.
Also the leaves are very different

yes agree i have my doubts as you see….
but what fruit has such finely granular skin? some citrus? but the leaf ?


could you please disperse our doubts ?
and tell us why our doubts are not to the mark

it seems there are 3 distinct races in avocado as per wiki page.
This one may be from west indies


Unknown fruit from cultivated in Bangalore:
A fruit cultivated in some garden near bangalore. Request to identify.

It is Avocado fruit, Persea americana.

It is known as butter fruit

It is interesting that this American and Mexican fruit is known as butter fruit only in some parts of India. In America it is popular as Avocado or alligator pear.

Here is the fruit on plant in California.

yes to … and … answers…
too bad the maker of the pic cut the seed off…
but if you have some more try this: …
carefully removed from a ripe avocado can be put in a water jug halfway submerged and it will root and give you a tranplantable start for a tree. and in tropical countries give you fruits in about five years…

Fruit Trees of Bangalore – RA – Persea Americana – Butter Fruit Tree – Avocado:
The avocado (Persea americana) is a tree native to Central Mexico,[1] classified in the flowering plant family Lauraceae along with cinnamon, camphor and bay laurel.
Avocado or alligator pear also refers to the fruit (botanically a large berry that contains a single seed[2]) of the tree, which may be pear-shaped, egg-shaped or spherical.

Avocados are commercially valuable and are cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates throughout the world.

They have a green-skinned, pear-shaped fleshy body that ripens after harvesting. Trees are partially self-pollinating and often are propagated through grafting to maintain a predictable quality and quantity of the fruit.

Ref. Wikipedia

Attachments: Butter Fruit Tree – 0004.jpg, Butter Fruit Tree – 0012.jpg, Butter Fruit Tree – Bark.jpg, Butter Fruit Tree – Canopy.jpg, Butter Fruit Tree – Flower.jpg, Butter Fruit Tree – Fruit.jpg, Butter Fruit Tree – Leaf.jpg, Butter Fruit Tree – Tender Fruit.jpg

Thanks for showing this plant with full details.
Persea americana
Family : Lauraceae



Salicaceae (including Flacourtiaceae) Fortnight: Casearia graveolens Pune SMP4: 6 posts by 4 authors. 2 image.
Casearia graveolens Planted in a bungalow. Don’t know when ?

The photo of leaves.

I doubt this is Casearia graveolens,

… seems inadvertently labelled …

Sorry . So Sorry. This is Persea americana isn’t it? Wrongly labelled so accidentally posted during the fortnight.

The answer is now known. It indeed looks like Avocado.

Disease on Avocado Tree – 050614 – RK : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4).
Bangalore – 02/06/2014 This tree is over 60 yrs old. It has been losing it’s branches over the years. The last pic shows the infestation. Not sure whether this is fungus. An inky black fluid is oozing out. Am interested in knowing which disease has affected it.

There are 3 possibilities for the drying and resin oozing

1. The main branches got cut, some caterpillar infection may be the there inside the tree
2. The root of the tree got damaged considerably due to construction activity.
3. Some root interaction might have  happen with near by jack tree. I saw such liquid oozing in jack trees.

Attached are pictures of Persea americana captured at Binsar, Uttarakhand in November 2012.
Requested to please validate the ID.

Yes, it looks like that but I am not sure.

though not all avocado varieties have the usual dark green skin with some sort of granularity on the surface,but this rusty streaked and not so green skin makes me wonder too, though cant absolutely deny your diagnosis.
secondly if you could have moved the camera just a tad bit and taken some other section you would have ended up with a “more” sampling of the fruits, as is its the same fruit in both pics.
I also wish the back side of the leaves could be seen in clearer light.
It would also help if this were a demonstration garden or an orchard where the grower could have helped you out.
so finally my question: do you by any chance have more pictures or more info?

I tried to find some other pics of the tree, but unfortunately, no more views….
Hopefully, experts suggest the correct ID…

I found a lot of images for Avocado varieties… it shows some red streaked ones and gives variety names…
there is a comprehensive poster

To me it is Persea americana


Piperaceae, Lauraceae and Thymelaeaceae Fortnight: Lauraceae-Persea americana from California -GSSEP13 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4).
Persea americana Mill., Avocado, the popular fruit here in California, fruit paste commonly used in dips. Photographed from Sunnyvale, California.

yes HAAS variety
very nice to eat, not astringent to tongue, somewhat sweetish, no tinge of slightest tartness like some,
and makes great guacamole.
mouth watering, I want one right now. but alas… eat one for me..

Yes already had a lot this Sunday along with tortillas chips.


Please give the ID of this tree,
From bangalore cantonment

Most probably Avocado fruit

For me this tree  looks like avocado (Persea americana). 

[efloraofindia:32655] Request for ID – 190410SC2 : Attachments (1). 7 posts by 5 authors.
Posting a photo of tree for Id. Kindly help in identifying.
Date / Time – 17 th Jan. 2010 / 11.50 am.
Location – Place /Altitude / GPS –  Near Ramboda Falls (160 km from Colombo) in Nuwara Eliya Dist., Sri Lanka.3200 ft. altitude
Habitat – Garden/ Urban/ Wild / Type – Wild
Plant Habit – Tree/Shrub / Climber /Herb – Tree
Height /Length – About 10 ft.

Looks like a member of Lauraceae, most probably Persia sp.

To me this is Avocado. Please check the link

Agreed, …! It does look like AvocadoPersea americana (= P. gratissima).


Butter fruits – indiantreepix | Google Groups : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Butter fruits
Persia americana
Fruits are edible, One can use it”s pulp as a substitute for butter It gives same taste and appearance
Photographed at Alibag today (19.8.08)

(Persea americana)
It’s in the Lauraceae, like cinnamon.
Called here the Avocado (ah-voh-cah-doh), originally Avocado Pear. Here it is not much used as a substitute for butter, but as a delicious base for making guacamole (gwah-cah-moh-lee), a mexican paste with lime, cilantro, garlic and salt, used as a dip and a spread. It is also eaten sliced on sandwiches and in salads, and all by itself.

yes, in german too it is called avocado. more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avocado
it tastes very well and is used a lot especially in winter because of the fat it contains and Vitamins too.
apart from eating, it is also used in creams, oils and women make special mixtures for facial treatment.
a good passtime for children too, see the pic in the above site.

Tree FOR ID :: near Kiliyur Falls, Yercaud :: 24 JAN 18 : 3 posts by 2 authors. 5 images.
Yercaud … (literally, lake forest), Tamil Nadu
… near Kiliyur Falls … Date: January 24, 2018 … Altitude: about 1,623 m (5324 feet) asl
Please help with identifying this tree. Only these photos available, hoping they help us to know at the least, the genus; you my click on the photos to reach photopage in flickr to download the larger original version (or ask me to provide).



MNPS2 : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5)
Location-based Maharashtra Nature Park Society
Habit-forming Medium size tree
Flower-In flowering stage, whitish yellow flower
Date 23/2/2018

The floral structure and leaf indicates it is a species of Persea; probably Persea indica

Thank you all. Saving this image for reference.

May be not Persea indica.. because leaf are different than P. indica… if you have any pictures of Pesea indica please send.. on net it’s showing different species

Thank you, but the leaf is young

Further check comparative images at Persea

The image link which you have provided to me, among this images below attached flower images is matching with my image. It’s showing Butter Fruit Tree as its name. Please inform me.

ID of the angiosperm : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Place: Bombay Shola, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Date: 20/01/18
Pycnonotus jocosus (Red-whiskered Bulbul) for comparison with the size of the fruit

A Meliaceae tree?

It is butter fruit (Avacado) Persea americana found in the hill stations

Tree for Id ( from Bhutan) – 16032018SH1 : 8 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)- 1 Mb or more
Tree for id pl.
Location – Near Gangtey (Bhutan)
Date – March. 2018

Yes, this appears to be a species of Persea but it is difficult to name the species with these images as there are at least 8 species of the genus occurring in Bhutan and without knowing the character of the fruits it seems an impossible task. Moreover, the genus Persea is very closely related to Phoebe and the latter can be distinguished from the former only by the clasping versus spreading tepals in the fruiting stage!  A revision of the Indian Lauraceae is very desirable.

If cultivated there is a good chance it is Persea americana, Avocado.

I don’t distinctly remember whether it was cultivated or wild

I will also like to go with … for Persea americana Mill. as per images herein.


Persea americana Mill. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)- other images of 600 kb or more.

Location Gyaneswor, Kathmandu, Nepal
Elevation :  4600 ft.
Date : Flower- 21 January 2015 / Fruit – 1 September 2012
Habit : Cultivated

Mangifera indica ? (mixed thread): 13 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (2) – around 800 kb each.
Kerala (900m) january 2019. Can you confirm for M.indica ?

Leaf structure look different to me.

Yes, perhaps little different. And this (same area) ?
Attachments (1)- 919 kb. 

Definitely not mango.

try avocado. leaves match avocado. its green skin variety

May be as suggested by … Tree size ??

Looks like a variety of avocado

yes. non-haas variety. may be beef …. what a name?

Yes, perhaps variety of Persea americana

Infection on Avocado tree?:
THis is an Avocado tree in my house in Bangalore.
Does anyone know what those white rounds things on the tree trunk are? And how does one treat this?

These are lichens: composite, symbiotic organisms formed by the association of algae or cyanobacteria and a filamentous fungus.They make interesting pollution indicators, as they won’t grow in polluted air. If lichens start to grow on your trees, that’s good news: a sign that the air is fairly pure! You’ll also see lichens on rocks and sometimes on the bare ground. And while ghostly gray and muddy green are their main colors, they can come in all sorts of shades, even bright oranges, yellows, yes, even pink!
In no way are tree lichens harmful to the bark on which they grow. They are strictly epiphytes, that is, organisms attached to the outside of the bark. They are not parasites (which, by definition, harm their host) and seek nothing from the tree other than a support on which to grow.


528 ID wild tree Persea: 18 high res. images.
Please ID wild tree,

Location: bloomed near Vannappuram Thodupuzha Idukki Kerala INDIA
Altitude: 1500fsl
Flower date: 29JAN2024, 12.35pm
Habitat: wild moisture rocky evergreen misty windy sloppy canopied alpine 
Plant habit: tree, erect branches, branchlets hard woody cylindrical stem 12 inches base circumference, rough black flaky bark
Height: 03 meters
Leaves: alternate, terminally clustered ovate acute simple glossy silvery greenish dorsal, size upto: 15×9cm, aromatic smell and taste
Flower: axillary panicle inflorescence, clustered, diameter:11mm, greenish yellow, good fragrance
Fruit: pendulous drupe with soft spikes, green glossy glabrous obovoid size: 10x5cm
Camera: CANON EOS1500D +FL10x

Avocado! Persea americana Mill.
It must be cultivated somewhere in the locality. Probably an accidental escape into the wild.

Yes !

Yes it is Persea americana dear …,
Thank you very much for ID my tree