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Genus: Clusia

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Order: Malpighiales > Family: Clusiaceae

About 145 species worldwide (warm regions of America). Three species are cultivated in southern Africa including the Balsam apple Clusia rosea.

Species cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Clusia alba

Native to the West Indies.


Clusia grandiflora

Native to Guiana.


Clusia rosea (Balsam apple)

Native from Florida to South America.



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