Nephelium ramboutan – ake (Labill.) Leenh.
Synonym : Nephelium mutabile
Family : Sapindaceae
Local Names : Pulasan, Rambutan
Flowering and fruiting period: March – July
Distribution: Native of West Malaysia
IUCN status: Data Deficient
Uses: Fruits edible. The seed is roasted and used in the preparation of a cocoa-like beverage. The roots are used to treat fever. Oil obtained from the seeds is used in lamps. Wood is used in construction. A useful timber, but rarely used because the fruit is too valuable to merit the tree being felled.
Key Characters: Pulasan is a bushy ornamental tree with spreading branches that grows up to 24 m in height. The alternate leaves are pinnately compound, which are a glossy dark green on top. Leaflet margins are wavy. Flowers are greenish and borne on terminal or axillary panicles. Fruits broadly ovoid, crimson to dark purple in colour with short blunt spines. The flesh of pulasan fruit is white to yellowish in colour. Seeds are brown and somewhat flattened on one side.