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Myristica fragrans Nutmeg tree Pale Myristicaceae

Myristica fragrans, Nutmeg, Buah pala, pala


Myristica fragrans, Nutmeg, Buah pala, pala

The fruit of this tree from Indonesia is nutmeg, now cultivated commercially mainly in Indonesia and Grenada.
A slender, evergreen tree reaching 50 ft (15 m), it has distinctive whorls of spreading branches, smooth gray bark, aromatic leaves and small, frgrant pale yellow flowers.
Ripe nutmegs are fleshy, pear-shaped, brilliant scarlet berries.
Their jackets are harvested to make mace, a milder spice.
Cultivation: They must be protected from and dry conditions and planted in rich, moist, well-drained soil if they are to flourish outside their homelands.
They need a hot, humid position away from sun, strong winds and pollution.
Propagate from seed or cuttings or by grafting .