Flacourtia Indica * Governor's Plum * Ramontchi * Tropical Fruit * Rare 5 Seeds *
known commonly as ramontchi, governor’s plum, batoko plum, Madagascar plum and Indian plum,
a species of flowering plant native to much of Africa and tropical and temperate parts of Asia. F. indica and F. ramontchi are sometimes treated as separate species.
This is a bushy shrub or tree with a spiny trunk and branches. In shrub form it grows up to 25 feet (7.6 m) and as a tree it reaches a maximum height around 50 feet (15 m). The drooping branches bear oval leaves. The seeds are dispersed by birds.
The Ramontchi fruit itself is a pome about an inch thick and red ripening purple. It is very fleshy and has 6 to 10 seeds in layered carpels. The pulp is yellow or white and sweet with an acidic tang. It is eaten raw or made into jelly or jam.
It can be fermented to make wine. The tree is planted as a living fence; it was one of the species used for the Indian Inland line.
Governor's plum is a slow-growing, ornamental, spiny evergreen shrub or tree.
Common in tropical dry deciduous and thorn forests. It also occurs in seasonally dry forest, woodland, bushland, thickets, wooded grassland, and often in riparian vegetation.
A very adaptable plant, it grows in the drier to moist tropics from sea level to an elevation of 2,400 metres.
It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 22 - 40°c, but can tolerate 10 - 48°c.
Mature plants can be killed by temperatures of -2°c or lower, but young growth will be severely damaged at -1°c.
It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 750 - 1,400mm, but tolerates 500 - 2,000mm.
Prefers a position in full sun in a fertile, well-drained soil. Tolerant of a variety of soils. Prefers a pH in the range .5 - 6.5, tolerating 5 - 8
Plants are fairly drought resistant once established. A dioecious plant.