Common name: Star Gooseberry, Malay Gooseberry, Otaheite Gooseberry
Malay name: Cermai
Scientific name: Phyllanthus acidus (L.) Skeels
Conservation status: Cultivated, Naturalised, Introduced (Brazil)
A shrub or small tree of 2-9 m tall. Leaves are egg-shaped and alternately arranged. Flowers are arranged in long clusters. Fruits are round, lobed, pale yellow when ripe.
Habit: Perennial tree
Cultivation: It is planted by seeds, buddings, greenwood cuttings or air-layering
Ecological function: The flowers of this tree attract pollinators. It is a caterpillar food plant.
Soil: Fertile loamy soils
Moisture: Moist, well-drained soils
Shade: No shade, part day shade
Use: This tree is planted as an ornamental plant. The fruits and young leaves of this tree are edible. Its bark is used as a tanning agent in India.