Bangladesh is a rich land of biodiversity. About 6000 species of plants are gathered in such a small area of 147570 sq km.
We are trying to introduce the flora of Bangladesh in a pack from the naturalist view, not from the eye of plant-expert. For this, there will be some unwanted mistakes.
Needless to say, pics used in this site are all original. The information is gathered here from the personal notes, collected books and from different websites.
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Bilombi, Cucumber tree, averrhoa bilimbi
Bilombi or Cucumber tree (family: oxalidaceae) is a fruit-bearing small tree with short trunk and profuse branches, attaining a height of 5-10 m. This beautiful tree is native to Moluccas, Indonesia (possibly) and now cultivated throughout the tropical Asia.
Common names: Bilombi, Bilimbi, Bilombu, Cucumber tree.
Leaves are light green and compound. Leaflet is lanceolate with sharp end, 3-6 cm long, alternate.
Flowers are small, inter-mixed with purple and white and borne on the old stem. Calyx is rust colored. Flower blooms mainly in March-April.
Fruit is fleshy and cylindrical, 4-11 cm long. The ripe fruit is yellowish green.
Averrhoa bilimbi is found all over Bangladesh as a homestead plant. Propagation of the plant is caused by seeds. Fruit contains vitamin C, potassium and calcium. Solution made from it is effective in scarvy, jaundice, scabies, small pox and skin spots. It is emollient and applied on skin to increase beauty.