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Ambarella  #8: DWARF  (Bangla = বিলিতি আমড়া) | by 3Point141
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Ambarella #8: DWARF (Bangla = বিলিতি আমড়া)

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THIS IS NOT SPONDIAS MOMBIN

 

In Bangladesh and in India, there is another similar looking fruit called Amra;

 

Bangla = দেশী আমড়া

Sc. Name = Spondias pinnata

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Tetiaroa, Tahaa, Tupai, Maupiti – 4 small islands.

Moorea, Huahine, Bora Bora, Raiatea, Tahiti – 5 large

islands.

 

Those are the names that come to your mind when you dream of your ideal vacation in some distant tropical island paradise with azure blue water and with Coconut palms swaying in balmy breeze. Those names had been made famous by the likes of a French artist named Paul Gauguin and in recent times by an American actor named Marlon Brando.

 

These islands, spread around 17 Deg. South and 155 Deg. West in the Pacific Ocean, constitute what is known as the Society Islands.

 

This is supposedly where the Ambarella (Spondias dulcis or Spondias cytherea) originated.

 

SPONDIAS = Greek for Plum

DULCIS = Sweet

 

The first outsider to see and record the existence of Ambarella here was one Joseph Banks and his party in the summer of 1769, who saw trees as high as 60 to 70 ft.

 

Captain Bligh of the "Mutiny On The Bounty" fame is credited with bringing Ambarella to Jamaica in 1792.

 

Spondias dulcis = Journal Of A Voyage To The South Seas, 39, 1773.

 

Spondias cytherea = Voyage Aux Indes Orientales, 3:242, t.123. 1782.

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Ambado - Konkani

Ambazhanga - Malayalam

Amra, Biliti - Bengali

Amte kai - Kannada

Omora (অমৰা) - Assamese

Ambarella - Dutch

Ambarella (ඇඹරැල්ලා) -Sinhalese

Amrah - Caribbean Hindustani

Buah umbra - Malay

Chook-chook plum - Sierra Leone

Cóc - Vietnamese

Embe kizungu - Tanzania

Evi - Réunion

Frisiter - Seychelles

Fruit Cythère - Mauritius

Golden apple - Barbados

Golden apple - Guyana

Golden apple - St Lucia

Golden plum - Belize, Liberia

Gway - Burmese

Hevi - the Philippines

Jobo indio - Spanish

Kedondong - Indonesian

Makok farang - Thai

Manzana de oro - Dominican Republic

Mkak (ម្កាក់) - Khmer

Mokah - Cambodian

Ponm sité, pomme cythère - Dominica

Prune cythère, pomme cythère - French

Vī - Samoan

Vī - Tongan

Wi apple - Hawaiian

======================================================Ambarella (not to be confused with Mombin or Spondias purpurea) is variously called,

June Plum

Hog Plum

Golden Apple

Otaheite Apple

Jew Plum

Wi Apple

Tahitian Quince

Polynesian Plum

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1 whole fruit, 1 cut in half vertically and 1 cut in half horizontally.

Spondias cytherea or Spondias dulcis

Family Anacardiaceae

Mounts Botanical Garden, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

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Taken on June 2, 2012