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mombin(mōm`bēn), any tree of the tropical genus Spondias of the family Anacardiaceae (sumacsumac
, common name for some members of the Anacardiaceae, a family of trees and shrubs native chiefly to the tropics but ranging into north temperate regions and characterized by resinous, often acrid, sap.
..... Click the link for more information. family). The plum-shaped fruits, 1 to 2.5 in. (2.54–6.38 cm) long, are much eaten in the tropics. They are spicy and slightly acid in taste and are eaten fresh, boiled, dried, or in preserves. Best known are the red mombin, or Spanish plum (S. purpurea), marketed chiefly in Mexico and Guatemala, the yellow mombin (S. mombin, called also hog plum or jobo), and the otaheite apple or ambarella (S. cytherea), found in both the Old and New World tropics. The local common names vary widely. Mombin is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
..... Click the link for more information. , class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Anacardiaceae.
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