Chinese lantern tree (Fijian: Evuevu)

Hernandia nymphaeifolia (Hernandiaceae)

Characteristics

Tree, 5-22 m tall. Leaves ovate with 5-9 palmate veins. Flowers white or greenish with fragrant odour. Fruit fleshy and waxy, red or white. It is believed to be seed dispersed by flying foxes (bats).

Distribution

It occurs throughout the tropics, exclusively in coastal areas.

Natural Medical Properties

No known.

Did you know?

The Chinese lantern tree has a light, perishable wood and has been used for many things, like fishing rods, fish net floats, wooden sandals, fan handles, furniture etc.

Further reading:

Literature

World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species