Description: The fruit contains 1-3 black seeds surrounded by a gel, and capped with a membranous sac, the aril, which contains the 'sweet protein' thaumatin.
Uses: In addition to being the source of the natural sweeter thaumatin, the leaves are used for wrapping food and meat.
This accession has been observed in bloom on:
Accession # 200202492
Source: Mike Bordelon - Smithsonian
Provenance: Recieved as rhizome from United States Botanic Research Greenhouses (SI). Acc# 1994-846. Plant material originally acquired from Waimea Arboretum and Botanical Garden (Acc# W80P233) by W.J. Kress & Mike Bordelon Collection# 94-5251, collected 16-NOV-1994.