Nephelium ramboutan-ake (Labill.) P. W. Leenhouts (syn: Euphoria longana Bl.; Euphoria ramboutan-ake Labill.; Nephelium griffithianum Kurz; Nephelium intermedium Radlk.; Nephelium mutabile Bl.; Nephelium philippinense Monsalud et al.);  
peninsular Malaysia (Penang, Kelantan, Terengganu, Perak, Pahang, Selangor, Melaka), +Singapore, Java, Borneo, India (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Meghalaya), Myanmar [Burma], Sumatra, Philippines (Luzon, Mindoro, Leyte, Samar, Mindanao, Basilan), Palawan, Moluccas (Sula Arch.), Thailand, Costa Rica (I) as per Catalogue of Life;
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.


Pl find a few images of Nephelium ramboutan-ake (Sapindaceae) from Arunachal Pradesh.
Date/Time- May 2009
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Pasghat, East Siang district
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Collected from the local vegetable market of Pasighat
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Dioecious tree reaching 30-45 feet (9-14 m), with a short trunk and a wide, rounded crown. Alternate, compound leaves with 2-5 pairs of glossy leaflets. Flowers small, greenish, in branched axillary or terminal panicles. The fruit is round to ovoid, about 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) in length, with a bumpy red, purple or yellow peel. The pulp is white or yellowish, translucent, juicy, sweet and aromatic, and containing a single seed the size and shape of an almond.
Other Information like Fragrance, Pollinator, Uses etc.-* * Native to Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines). Grown sporadically in other tropical areas.
Can be seen growing wild in East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh.

Nice to see this fruit again. people eat this fruits. i too had it taste is similar to litchi

Is it Rambootan.


Nephelium ramboutan-ake




Nephelium lappaceum? : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)

Location Pasighat Arunachal Pradesh
Dear sir
It is called Tadal in Arunachal Pradesh
Please identify it

Nephelium lappaceum 



Yes, I think this is a cultivar of Nephelium lappaceum. I send you some of my pictures for comparison. Attachments (2)

This is Nephelium ramboutan-ake as per keys and details herein.

Yes it is Ramboutan.

No, Nephelium lappaceum is Ramboutan.   


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