Fruits are a good source of Vitamin C and are eaten and also used to produce sugar and spices. The fruits are combined with pepper and eaten to cause sweating when people are feeling "under the weather", the fruits are used as treatment for coughs, thiamine deficiency, and abdominal discomfort, a paste of pickled fruits is smeared all over the body to hasten recovery after a fever, a syrup is prepared from the fruit and taken as a cure for fever and inflammation and to stop rectal bleeding and alleviate internal hemorrhoids, and the leaves are used to treat hypertension. It is grown in home gardens due to its attractive small purplish-red flowers in clusters along the trunk and branches.
Tree Species (Scientific Name)
English Common Name
Indonesian Common Name
Belimbing, Belimbing wuluh, Belimbing sayur
Average Leaf Size (cm)
Elevational Range (m)
Native to Indonesia
Maluku Islands, Sulawesi
Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
Borneo, Java, New Guinea, Sumatra
Coffee Agroforestry Information
Common in Coffee Agroforestry
Tree Benefits and Uses
Food source for bees, butterflies and birds.