Rutaceae, Casimiroa edulis, Mexican Apple, White Sapote

White Sapote is a medium size evergreen tree, typically not growing more then 12 m high. The species, a relative of citrus, originated in the highlands of Mexico and Central […]

Rutaceae, Aegle marmelos, Bael fruit, matoom, Indian quince, golden apple, holy fruit, stone apple, elephant apple

Syn. Feronia pellucida, Crataeva marmelos) Bael fruit is a citrus relative. One can see the similarity in the leaves and growth habit of the tree. Bael fruit is native to […]

Rutaceae, Murraya koenigii, Curry tree, Southeast Asia

The curry tree originated in India and Sri Lanka where it is widely cultivated. The species has been an important part of Indian culture for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years. […]


Here’s a list-in-progress of plant families, ordered alphabetically. Click a family name and the link will take you to a page listing corresponding entries. I am in the process up […]


Following is a list of plant species I work with. The list mostly consists of species from around the world, typically those species I have encountered while living, traveling and […]

Rubiaceae, Psychotria viridis, chacruna

  This species of Psychotria is used by indigenous peoples of western Amazonia, primarily as an additive in the preparation of a hallucinogenic drink ayahuasca, also called yage, employed for […]

Malpighiaceae, Bunchosia argenta, peanutbutter fruit

Bunchosia argentea, or the peanut-butter fruit, is native to Panama and tropical areas of Northern South America. The fruit is mostly eaten fresh, also used to make jams and juices. […]