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Melicoccus bijugatus - Spanish lime


Native to:



Colombia and Venezuela.

Moist, lowland jungles and limestone woodlands. Up to 600 meters above sea level. 18 meter tall tree.

Melicoccus bijugatus -  Spanish lime

Ecological value:

Bees are attracted by the rich nectar found in the fragrant flowers. Can succeed in poor soils, but prefers fertile and well-drained soil and full sun. Fleas are attracted to the leaves. Slow growth rate. Lives around 50 years.

Material uses:

The wood is light in color, fairly hard and of medium weight, but prone to decay. It’s primarily used for interior work, cabinetry, furniture, trim and construction, but supplies are limited. Dye from juice has been developed (little information on this).

Edible uses:

Pulp in pies, jams, jellies or as a juice. The seeds are roasted and used make bread and are a substitute for cassava. The skin of the fruit is thick, keeping them fresh for export.

Medicinal use:

Treats diarrhea, parasites, dysentery and fevers. An infusion of the leaves is used as a deodorant - or to decrease perspiration.

Other details:

The slow growing tree is rich in sugars, flavonids and phenolic acids. Intolerant of
pruning. Both male and female forms are necessary to produce fruit. Planted along roadsides as ornamentals.


Lucia Palacio/Christine Facella


“Melicoccus Bijugatus - Useful Tropical Plants.” n.d.
LR. n.d. “Mamoncillo, Melicoccus Bijugatus.”
Image source: Filo gèn.

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