Chrysophyllum cainito L.

Etymology Genus Golden leaves
Species Common name for the plant in West Indies
Family Sapotaceae
Synonyms Cainito pomiferum Tussac, Chrysophyllum caeruleum Jacq.
Common Names Star Apple, Caimito, Breast Milk Fruit
Status Exotic: Cultivated Only
Form Tree
Native Distribution Caribbean Islands


Chrysophyllum cainito is a fairly common cultivated tree. The most distinctive feature is the copper-coloured underside of the leaves. The upper surface of the leaves is glossy and sometimes have such depressed venation that it appears wrinkled. The branches are rusty brown and the petiole is slightly curved.

Interesting Facts:

The fruit of the Star Apple is edible (and taste good in my opinion), but from my knowledge, it is not sold locally, though a popular tropical fruit in Vietnam. The common name comes from the shape created through the arrangement of the seeds in the fruit, which is visible when sliced into half. The skin and the rind of the fruit are inedible and a spoon can be used to dig the flesh for consumption.

Form of the Star Apple near the entrance of Hougang Swimming Complex.

Alternate leaves with petiole having a slight bend.

The upper (above) and underside (below) of the leaf.

Tiny flowers.

The fruits, about the size of a normal apple.

Ripe fruits.

Cut fruits showing the "star".



Author: Jake
Posted: 2013-06-16 / Modified: 2017-12-25