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Los Angeles, CA

July 23, 2011
12:11 AM

Post #8710096

My college has a few small trees with fruits on them that look like an orange lychee. It has very bumpy skin. They are about the size of a golf ball. When I break one open, the inside is sectioned like an orange but it is very mushy. The color is an electric orange. It has little black seeds, but not very many, about one per section, that look like flax seeds.

The flowers are white and face downward. They're shaped like cups.

The fruit does not seem to have any smell whatsoever.
Plantersville, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 5, 2012
3:01 PM

Post #8955731

Is it a mango
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9b)

January 5, 2012
4:27 PM

Post #8955845

it could be a calamondin...its kind of hard to tell, but it does sound like a citrus with sections and white flowers and the orange color. it even sounds like persimmon but they have smooth skin... maybee its not edible since there is no fragrance - normally fruits that we eat have a good smell.
Plantersville, TX
(Zone 9a)

January 13, 2012
10:25 AM

Post #8966164

Ask the college secretary. Maybe she can find out what it is if she doesn't know.

September 3, 2012
11:53 AM

Post #9263464

little black seeds... not calamondin. From the pictures at Calamondin has light green seeds.
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 3, 2012
12:22 PM

Post #9263484

Cornus kousa?


Fairfax, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 6, 2012
10:39 PM

Post #9267667

I wouldn't expect cornus kousa to survive in Bangkok, but I guess there might be some tropical Cornus variety?

If there's no smell, I can't believe it would be any sort of citrus.

Any chance you could post a few pictures?

I've had a lot of success identifying SE Asian plants via this Cambodian resource:


Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 7, 2012
11:44 AM

Post #9268084

It's in Los Angeles, not Bangkok.


Fairfax, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 8, 2012
3:48 PM

Post #9269211

Oops... I somehow managed to confuse Andreida with the original poster. Cornus kousa sounds a bit better now, but LA still seems a little tropical for it.

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