Common Name: Spanish Cherry
Local Name: (Moonima) މޫނިމާ
Age: 15 years
Scientific Name: Mimusops Elengi
The Spanish Cherry is a species of evergreen tree that can reach a height of approximately 20 metres. The bark of the tree is dark grey, with a rough and longitudinally cracked or fissured texture. The tree produces small edible berries that are yellow or orange-yellow in colour.
Due to its dense, dark to light green canopy and fragrant flowers, this tree is commonly planted as a shade and ornamental tree in front yards and along roadsides. The flowers emit a deep and rich aroma that fills the night air and retains its scent for a few days after falling.
In addition to its ornamental value, the Spanish Cherry is also an excellent source of timber. Various parts of the tree are used in traditional medicine. The bark and leaves, for instance, have been used to treat diarrhoea, while the fruits are consumed to relieve constipation.
The species is common in the Maldives