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Fruits of the Hawaiian Islands

Gerrit Parmile Wilder

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .December, generally contains one seed, is obovate, about 3 inches in diameter. The skin is so thin as to be barely perceptible, and the fruit is very easily bruised. In color, it is a deep, rich crimson, shading into pink and white; the pulp is firm, white, and juicy, with a very agreeable flavor.

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Plate VIII.—Mountain Apple.
One third natural size.

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G. P. W. Collection. Plate IX

Jambosa sp. (Solomon Island variety).

This low-growing tree is very rare in the Hawaiian Islands. It was introduced here, from the Solomon Islands, by Mr. A. Jaeger. The foliage and crimson flowers resemble those of the Jambosa malaccensis, but the drupe is not so highly colored, and is, in shape, much more elongated. Specimens of this sweet, edible fruit have measured 5 inches in length.

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Plate IX.—Water Apple.
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