Wednesday, June 2, 2010

It's Lipote Season Once More

I have been following this particular lipote tree (Syzygium polycephalum) in my cousin's Silang, Cavite house. Ever since we discovered it has been fruiting 3 years ago, I always look forward to seeing the fruits. Usually it is about this time and this year, the tree did not disappoint us. The lipote again is in full fruit force!

There is something marvelous about seeing a lipote tree in fruit. For one it looks very different from the familiar duhat because the fruit are borne near the branches. In botanical terms it is caulicarpic, or stem fruit bearing. The lipote fruits appear like plump grapes growing on a tree.

Since there is abundance in fruit, I tried making the most of it and picked up the fallen fruits for their viable seeds. Hopefully the seeds I get would later become seedlings to share with willing foster gardeners. If successful, will ask again who would want to rear seedlings of one of our nicer native fruiting trees to keep in the garden. Wish me the luck and patience!

16 comments:

Elmer I. Nocheseda said...

It could be a good natural dye like duhat, I wonder.

metscaper said...

probably. it is of the same plant genus.

Apicio said...

I thought they were seedless. Would your seeds reproduce identical fruits? Mother’s favorite fruit was atemoya which was introduced by the Americans in the nineteen twenties. She liked the fruit so much she saved some seeds and planted them. The fruits did not turn out anything like atemoya at all, it turned out to be giant atis with very few pips and with fleshy thick pulp that tasted like atis. Here in North America, there are thousands of varieties of apple and there only two or three that reproduce true to parent fruits.

metscaper said...

the ones you mentioned sound like cultivars. lipote is a species. the seedlings look like they are lipote but they have not yet fruited.

francis drake said...

Lipote is 'Syzygium polycephalum' while Duhat is 'Syzygium cumini.'

Vicente Calibo de Jesus said...

It's over a year now. Has your seeds grown?

proudlybrown said...

I've never seen bali-gang outside of my native Bicol. I've missed the fruit so much (haven't had any in about a decade) and I'm glad that your cousins have a tree. We used to have a bali-gang tree in our front yard and we took it for granted until we moved out of Naga and my siblings never tasted the fruit again. I've been fortunate to have had the chance to go back home a couple of times, but this is one fruit that will always be comfort food for me and that I will always miss.

ana said...

Salamat sa info. I was looking for Kalumpit fruit data for a research and found this post of yours. Thanks.

dipulao said...

Hello! I am Chin Fernandez from Coron, Palawan. A facebook friend posted something about the Lipote tree and I got interested. I researched it in google and your blog was one of the things that came up. I enjoyed reading your post about it. I would like to plant it in our farm here in Coron. WOuld you know where I can get seeds or seedlings? Also perhaps some literature on how to propagate it?

dianne go said...

i am curious, does that fruit can stain??? i mean can color your skin and it does not easily to wear off?? i am looking for a local plant that can stain for research purpose.

Virginia Sevilla said...

is there anyone who had the ""zapote tree"? i really wanted to plant that kind of tree..that reminds me my childhood friends somewhere in tarlac and Pampanga !

Virginia Sevilla said...

@dipulao..my friends and i had that lipote seedlings..if you wanted to have some just pm me or add me with my fb account vposevilla@yahoo.com..i am willing to share (eagle's claw)

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Kumanderbobot said...

Yes the fruit can stain a deep red. I remember getting my ear pinched by my lola when my clothes get stained by the fruits (its called igot in samar) though the stain fades to brown over time like that of a blood stain.I would like to have a seedling or two if you can spare me some?