Common name: Hairy Lychee
Malay name: Rambutan
Scientific name: Nephelium lappaceum L.
Conservation status: Cultivated, Native to Malaysia
A tree that grows 10-25 m tall. Leaves are glossy and divided. It bears small, yellowish-green to white flowers with mildly sweet scent. Fruits are oval to spherical, covered with hairy spines, turn from green to red when ripe.
Habit: Perennial tree
Cultivation: It is planted by seeds, grafting or air-layering
Ecological function: The flowers of this tree attract pollinators. It is a caterpillar food plant. Its fruits are eaten by birds and bats.
Soil: Loamy soils
Moisture: Well-drained, fertile soils
Shade: No shade
Use: Fruits are eaten raw, stewed or canned.