Indigenous to Southeast Asia, Clausena lansium having its roots in the family Rutaceae is also known as Wampee. Clausena wampi is a species of powerfully fragranced evergreen tree that grows up to 3-8 m tall. Tolerant to various external elements, the tree thrives in a wide range of soil, however, they are said to grow their best in rich loam.
The fruits, on 1/4 to 1/2 in (0.6-1.25 cm) stalks, sling in ostentatious, loose clusters of more than a few strands. With five imperceptible, light ridges widening a short distance down from the apex, the Wampee may be conical- oblong, or round, up to 1 in (2.5 cm) long. Although the rind of the fruit gives the impression of skinny and pliable, they are tough, however easily peeled.
Too resinous to be eaten, they are haired slightly and spotted with tiny, raised brown oil glands. The flesh of the fruit is succulent, pleasantly sweet, sub acid or sour and is yellowish-white in color; sometimes they are colorless as well. Basically, they are divided into 5 segments i.e. the flesh. Coming to the seeds, there may be 1 to 5 oblong chunky seeds with one brown tip.
Wampee fruit plants in Keralais now available in our farms..