Common name: Starfruit
Malay name: Belimbing
Scientific name: Averrhoa carambola L.
Conservation status: Cultivated, Native to Malaysia
A much-branched tree that is around 3-5 m tall. Leaves develop into smaller, oppositely-arranged leaflets. It bears lilac flowers which are grouped in small clusters. Fruits are waxy, yellow, star-shaped in cross section.
Habit: Perennial tree
Cultivation: It is planted by seeds or grafting
Ecological function: The flowers of this tree attract pollinators.
Pollinator: Bees, flies
Soil: Sand, loam, clay, organic soils
Moisture: Well-drained soils
Shade: No shade
Use: The ripe fruit is eaten raw or blended into fruit juice.