Very close related to Phyllanthus acidus, Phyllanthus emblica (Emblica officinalis) - Amla is known as amritphala in Sanskrit, which literally means the fruit of heaven or nectar fruit. It is so called because it is rich in many desirable properties, including medicinal. Amla fruit paste is a major ingredient of Chavyanprash, a popular Ayurvedic tonic. It is the richest known source of vitamin C. The fruit tastes bitter, but if you drink water after eating it, the water tastes sweet. Small to medium in size tree. The leaves are lacy, giving the tree a delicate look.