Dimocarpus longan longan Lour.

Etymology Genus From Greek, dis (two) and karpos (fruit), possibly referring to the two-lobed pistil
Species After the Mandarin common name of the fruit, Dragon's Eye
Family Sapindaceae
Synonyms -
Common Names Longan, Dragon's Eye
Status Exotic: Cultivated Only
Form Shrub
Native Distribution China


Dimocarpus longan ssp. (subspecies) longan is a shrub easily recognisable by its foliage. The leaflets are frequently curved inwards and the lower surface is smooth because of fine hairs.Another subspecies Dimocarpus longan ssp. malesianus is a tree with large leaves, quite commonly found in abandoned plantations turned forests now.

Interesting Facts:

This Longan subspecies is the one commonly cultivated by residents in Singapore for their edible fruits.

The form of the Longan. Note the distinct foliage characterised by their rolled leaves.

A pinnate leaf, where each leaflet is strongly curved.

The inflorescence.

Leaflet front and back (where it is hairy).




Author: Jake
Posted: 2017-06-03 / Modified: 2017-12-25