Lovi-lovi – Flacourtia inermis
Lovi-lovi, Flacourtia inermis, also known as Batoko Plum, is a small to medium sized tropical, perennial, fruit bearing tree, reaching up to a height of 15 meters. Lovi-lovi is native to the Philippines but naturalized in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka were cultivated for both its fruit and ornamental foliage.
Flacourtia inermis it is an ornamental value tree with dark green 8-20 cm long, 3-15 cm wide, alternate, ovate-oblong to ovate-elliptic shaped leaves, glossy on the upper side with serrated margins, short stems and with a acute tips. Flowers are born in the axils of the leaves in short racemes.
Lovi-lovi fruits are round, cherry-sized, up to 2.5 cm in diameter and dark red when ready. Some are sweet, but more often than not are sour and astringent. Fruits are consumed fresh or cooked but commonly used for making jams and syrups. Lovi-lovi trees are very productive.
Lovi-lovi Propagation Methods
Plant propagation is by seed but also air layering or budding. It prefers to be grown in a location where it can receive full, direct sunshine and in soil that is well-draining, fertile and moisture retaining. Flacourtia inermis is a member of the family Salicaceae the genus Flacourtia.
Lovi-lovi, Flacourtia inermis
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