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It is very common in Thailand, Malaya and Singapore. The bilimbi is closely allied to the carambola but quite different in appearance, manner of fruiting, flavor and uses. The only strictly English names are "cucumber tree" and "tree sorrel". "Bilimbi" is the common name in India and has become widely used. The tree is attractive, reaches 35 ft in height. Small, fragrant, yellowish-green or purplish flowers marked with dark-purple, are borne in small, hairy panicles emerging directly from the trunk and oldest, thickest branches and some twigs, as do the clusters of curious fruits resembling small cucumbers that grow on strunk and stems. The bilimbi is generally regarded as too acid for eating raw, but in some places, the green, uncooked fruits are prepared as a relish. Ripe fruits are frequently added to curries in the Far East or used in place of mango to make chutney. The fruit juice is popular for making cooling beverages on the order of lemonade. To reduce acidity, it may be first pricked and soaked in water overnight and boiled with sugar to make a jam or an acid jelly. Half-ripe fruits are salted, set out in the sun, and pickled in brine and can be thus kept for 3 months. A quicker pickle is made by putting the fruits and salt into boiling water. This product can be kept only 4 to 5 days. The flowers are sometimes preserved with sugar. Read more about this fruit tree.
Season: August - March. Small symetrical tree. Red and white flowers appear on bare branches or at leaf bases. Fruit has a thin, waxy, green-yellow, yellow or orange skin. Oblong and five-angled it is star-shaped when cut across the middle. It has a sweet, watery, slightly acid, pleasant tasting pulp that is eaten raw or preserved. Seedlings have been known to bear in 3 years. Large trees have been known to survive 26°F without damage but young trees must be protected from frost and wind. Fruits very prolifically. Eaten fresh, in salads, as garnishes and in drinks. Varieties: Arkin, Fwang Tung, Kari, Sri Kembangan. The plant will fruit in container even when in small size (2-3 ft).
Biophytum sensitivum is an unbranched herb with stems up to 30 centimeters in height but usually shorter. Leaves are pinnately compound, numerous, crowded at the apex of the stem, and 5 to 12 centimeters long, with 8 to 14 pairs of leaflets. Biophytum sensitivum is sensitive to touch like that of Mimosa pudica.
Oxalis like cool air and moist soil while they are growing. Bright indirect light is best, but they will grow in lower light levels. Fertilize weekly while they are growing with a balanced fertilizer. Shamrocks are bulbs, and they require a dormant period every once in a while. Restrict all watering. As with any bulb, let the leaves die back naturally. Do not remove any leaves until they are brown. Let the bulbs stay dormant for 3 to 4 weeks, then water and fertilize. In most indoor-grown shamrocks, this dormant period occurs 2 to 3 times a year.
Species and varieties:
Oxalis deppei Iron Cross
Oxalis Good Luck
Oxalis hedysaroides Rubra
Oxalis pes caprae
Oxalis purpurea Grand Duchess Mix
Oxalis triangularis is a small shrub that reaches a mature height of 2-5 ft (60-150 cm). This cheerful plant appreciates semi-shady conditions and regular watering, although it does not need excessive watering give it moderate amounts once in a while. Blooming for several months in spring, it produces clusters of elegant clusters of delicate, light pink blooms with off-white petals that look truly mesmerizing as they shimmer in the sunlight. Topping its graceful foliage, these blossoms turn into two-toned white and purple seedpods in autumn.
Oxalis triangularis is prized for its distinctive ornamental foliage, which adds a bright pop of color to gardens and patios. It is often grown as a decorative garden border, container plant or grown in mass plantings as a groundcover. As a spice or herb, it is used to flavor lemony dishes or to add a splash of vibrant pink or white hues to salads.
This native of Brazil can easily survive cold temperatures and reaches maturity in USDA Hardiness Zone 6-11. It is one of the few tropical plants that can survive temperatures as low as 30°F, making it an ideal choice for colder regions. In such extreme temperatures, however, it is best if kept indoors as a potted plant and kept in a cool place. In warm conditions, it should be planted in soil that must not dry out completely, as it prefers consistently moist soil. It's an ideal choice for those who want to add a pop of eye-catching beauty and flavor to their gardens!