Acerola

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Malpighia biflora Poir.
Malpighia glabra L.[1]
Malpighia punicifolia L.[2]
Malpighia retusa Benth.[3]

Malpighia emarginata is a tropical fruit-bearing shrub or small tree in the family Malpighiaceae. Common names include acerola, Barbados Cherry, West Indian Cherry[4] and Wild Crapemyrtle.[5]

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Distribution

M. emarginata can be found in the southernmost parts of the contiguous United States (southern Florida[3] and the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas),[6] Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America as far south as Peru and Bahia in Brazil.[2][3] It is cultivated in the tropics and subtropics throughout the world, including the Canary Islands, Ghana, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, India, Java, Hawaii, and Australia.[7]

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