|Neutral ||Monocromatico ||On Apr 3, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:
This tree comes from tropical America. The fruits curiously make a foam with soap-like properties if you press them against some humid surface, so it´s used as a natural soap in some places.
It is a good looking tree, getting up to 15m high. It has composite, light green leaves. Flowers are small, white, grouped in panicles. The fruits are round, yellow berries, that become gummy, red and wrinkled as it gets ripen. All parts of this plant can be poisonous if ingested, but I am not sure.
It needs moist, fertile soil, full sun, high temperatures, and regular watering.