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Dimocarpus lichi


Dimocarpus lichi Lour.

Family Name: Sapindaceae
Synonyms: Dimocarpus longan Lour. subsp. malesianus Leenh., Euphoria cinerea, Euphoria malaiensis, Nephelium malaiense, 
Common Name: Mata Kucing


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Common Names

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Tree (Medium (16m-30m), Small (6m-15m))
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Maximum Height 20 m


Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Native to Singapore

Description and Ethnobotany

Ethnobotanical Uses Edible Plant Parts : Edible Fruits
Food (Fruit & Vegetable)
Others: The arils are edible and sweet tasting. The wood is used as a construction timber.

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Fast to Moderate

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Master ID 29624
Species ID 3933
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Species record last updated on: 25 March 2024.