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Tropical Fruit Discussion / what is it ?
« on: January 17, 2018, 09:18:44 AM »
Just found that tree yesterday with dozens of green fruits and superb white flowers. I don't know what it is and if it is ripe, edible ?
Here are a few pictures. Any ideas welcome.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / New ID from Fiji Islands
« on: January 10, 2018, 05:36:01 AM »
Just got that one from a guy at the local market. He said to me he brought back the seeds from Fiji and it is a fruit tree? It is definitely not a matoa ( fijian longan ) but I just can't put an id on it . Any help and comments welcome.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Sugar Apple variety big red ?
« on: January 10, 2018, 05:08:38 AM »
About 3 years ago, I have bought 50 seeds of the " big red variety" from Adam, flying fox fruits nursery. Most of them have germinated pretty well and I have planted about 30 trees from those seedlings last year. This year (3 years later) I got most of them fruiting ( about 15 fruits per trees, hand pollinated for most of ) but unfortunately i can't see a single red one so far and most of are actually kind of purplish instead while a few are green or greyish and look pretty normal actually. I have planted last year a small sugar apple orchard among many others orchards with about 120 sugar apple trees. Most of the sugar apple trees I have planted in that orchard come from seeds I have purchased from different sources and countries over the years. I only have about 10 grafted trees ( seedless variety from the Philippines ) I brought back myself from the Philippines last year. Anyway, I just love that fruit and I am a little bit disappointed to do not have a single red one yet. May be the color is still going to change as they are still not fully mature yet. But right now they look purple to me and already got similar color variety in the collection. Anyway, will definitely know within a few weeks time but until then, please let me know what you think about it. Does that big red variety comes true to seed or not ? Here are a couple of pics to give you a better idea of what I am talking about.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / what is it ?
« on: January 10, 2018, 04:39:00 AM »
A good friend of mine has just found that fruit tree visiting a farm in the north of New Caledonia. It seems to have been planted there years ago but no one at the farm knows who planted it , what it is and where it comes from. Anyone could help me identifying it ? Thanks in advance for your help and happy new year and best wishes to you all.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / id please
« on: June 18, 2017, 07:46:42 AM »
Just found that fruit tree today while I was having a tour in the forest. I just don't know what it is ? My friend told me it is a native fruit specie, but he does not know which specie. I have opened a fruit and it does not smell bad but I did not dare to taste it as I don't know what it is. Could be an eugenia specie ? There is quite a few native and endemic eugenia species in New Caledonia. However most of them have only an ornemental value. Anyway, if anyone got a clue or know what it is, please let me know, thanks in advance.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Theobroma grandiflorum first time fruiting
« on: April 21, 2017, 07:13:05 AM »
What a surprise to discover yesterday in our fruit forest that strange but lovely fruit . I was checking out for some chupa chupa when my eyes focused on that strange fruit in another tree behind. I completely forgot about those theobroma as they never fruited yet( planted about 20 years ago ! ) . So 20 years later, first time fruiting.... don't know if it is ripe or not. I have read that to be sure one have to wait the fruit to fall down. I also noticed two other smaller fruits on the same tree. Will plant the seeds for sure but was wondering if that specie can be grafted onto "classic" cacao ? Any tips and info welcome.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Artocarpus ?
« on: March 30, 2017, 07:14:36 AM »
As it happens sometimes, the label is gone and I just can't remember what it is. It is about 2m high, 3 years old, planted into the ground last year. It looks like an artocarpus to me but not sure. Any idea ? Thanks for your help !

Tropical Fruit Discussion / canarium sp ? from Vanuatu
« on: February 27, 2017, 03:35:24 PM »
Here are some pictures of a canarium specie from Vanuatu I have recently discovered at a friend's place. It might be named already but could not find any info about it. It is different from the famous Canarium indicum ( ngali nut ) from which one make Nangai oil . Canarium indicum is very popular in Vanuatu but that one is pretty rare which is surprising as I think the nut is more valuable and tasty compared to ngali nut.

Actually the seed is a lot bigger compared to Canarium indium and pretty tasty. You can eat while not yet fully ripe. The tree is not so big/tall, and makes a really nice ornamental. Flowers are amazing too.

Anyway if anyone has more info or know the right id of that specie, that would be great to know.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Shipping mangosteen grafted plants
« on: February 07, 2017, 07:19:23 AM »
I am getting ready to ship 200 grafted mangosteen plants 2 to 3 years old by plane from Philippines to New Caledonia and I still wonder what would be the best temperature to set up inside thé envirotainer knowing they gonna have to stay inside the container for about 5 days. Is 15 degrees Celsius too much ?
Also any other advices are welcome and much appreciated.


I am particularly looking for the following varieties of finger limes :

purple bliss, crimson tide, and pink ice.

If you have some budwood or grafted plants available , please let me know and email me your best offers at or

All the best


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / garcinia xanthochymus seeds for trade
« on: December 23, 2015, 07:47:48 AM »
I have got a few quality seeds of garcinia xanthochymus for trade. some of them already germinated.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / heavy bearer...
« on: October 08, 2015, 07:20:27 AM »
Just a few photos I took this morning of one of my mango trees. I have never seen before such a quantity of fruits on a single tree. That tree is about 30 years old now. Fruits should be ripe by December.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / ID please…
« on: October 01, 2015, 05:14:20 AM »
Couple of small fruit seedlings i lost the label too. Just don't know what it is. Thanks for your help.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / ID please…
« on: October 01, 2015, 05:06:59 AM »
Due to the long time it took for those seeds to sprout, I simply lost the label and can't remember what it is. Seems to be a garcinia ? Thanks for your help !

Tropical Fruit Discussion / eugenia stipitata ?
« on: September 20, 2015, 08:43:57 AM »
I think this is an eugenia stipitata but not sure, could anyone confirm or not please ? thanks

Tropical Fruit Discussion / ID please…
« on: September 20, 2015, 08:23:07 AM »
another one which is a garcinia, but which one ? fruits are not ripe

Tropical Fruit Discussion / ID please…
« on: September 20, 2015, 08:14:17 AM »
Another one. This time I got more info. It comes from Amazon jungle, and the Jivaro eat the fruit. Looks like a garcinia ? Fruits are yellow when ripe.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / ID please…
« on: September 20, 2015, 08:07:15 AM »
Here is another one :

I took the fruit ( not yet ripe ) and a flower ( superb ! ). The tree is not that tall ( about 3m high )

Tropical Fruit Discussion / ID please…
« on: September 20, 2015, 07:58:59 AM »
Just visited today a fruit collector here in NC who planted hundreds of tropical and subtropical fruit trees mainly from seeds he brought back from his different trips he has made over the last 50 years ( south america and asia mainly ). Problem is that he is getting old now and he forgot most names and localities he got them from. I took pictures of some of them flowering or fruiting and I hope someone could help me to identify some of them.

Here is a first one I don't know anything about except that fruits are nice and tasty from owner's sayings ? He is flowering at the moment and should fruit within the next weeks ? I should be able to take pictures of the fruits as well in a near future. But may be some experts could identify that specie without seeing the fruits ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Garcinia puat
« on: September 05, 2015, 12:05:29 AM »
My 1 year old seedlings of Garcinia puat, one of the very few interesting New  Caledonian endemic fruit tree in terms of edibility and taste. One can make delicious jelly/jam with the fruits.

Picture of the fruit :

For those interested I should be able to supply seeds and seedlings pretty soon. Trade only.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Help ID please !
« on: June 22, 2015, 05:28:45 PM »
Here is a cherry kind of tree. not very tall but quite old ( 40 years+ ). fruits looks like cherries turning red/black when ripe.

What would be the best way to multiply it ?

Thank you in advance !

Tropical Fruit Discussion / and another one
« on: May 07, 2015, 08:29:13 PM »
A tropical/subtropical fruit tree I have planted about two years ago. Bought from local nursery but lost the name/ id label.
Any help to identify it would be appreciated. Thanks in advance

Tropical Fruit Discussion / another id request
« on: May 07, 2015, 08:04:05 PM »
Here is another one I completely lost its data slip. Just no idea of what it is. Old seed that finally germinated like a year later…
What is sure is that it is a tropical/subtropical fruit tree specie. Any help more than welcome as I don't have a clue for that one.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / id please…
« on: May 07, 2015, 07:53:18 PM »
It comes from Sri Lanka. Fruits bought at a local market. A friend of mine brought me back some seeds and some of them have germinated. Problem is that I am not sure about the id. I think it is a flacourtia specie, but which one ? any help welcome, thanks in advance.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Ficus habrophylla
« on: February 27, 2015, 07:21:54 AM »
I can supply fresh seeds and scions of Ficus habrophylla. It is an endemic fig tree of New Caledonia. Tasty reddish fruits and superb tree with large dark green leaves.
Don't know how to insert pictures here but I can email pictures of both fruits and tree on request to your email address for those who would be interested.
Trade only against other seeds and/or scions of tropical and subtropical fruits I don't have or in limited number in my collection.


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