The barbados cherry is a plant originating in Central America, which produces a fruit rich in vitamin C, which is found in the north gardens.

 

This plant is a shrub that can reach 4 feet tall, has dense branches and leaves, oval or elliptic green in color. It blooms and fruits several times a year,

 

The barbados cherry produces small bunches of 3 to 5 flowers in the axil of the leaves of young shoots or laterals. Its flowers have five petals fringed honey, varying in color from white to pink, the flower remains open for one day and depends on pollinators to fertilize through self-pollination or cross pollination because the pollen grains are sticky and are not of disseminating by wind or gravity.

 

The fruit of acerola is a drupe with a round shape that has three seeds, each surrounded by an endocarp.

 

The seeds are small, non-albumin and varying sizes, proportionate to the size of the fruit.

 

The fruit has a green color when in development and when mature, can be red, purple or yellow, and range from 1 to 3 cm.

 

The acerola can be propagated by seeds, by cuttings and by grafting.

 

The barbados cherry can be eaten fresh or in form of soft drink, ice cream, etc.

 

MALPIGHIACEAE - Malpighia punicifolia

 

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