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Fruits of Dracontomelon duperreanum.JPG
Fruits of Dracontomelon duperreanum
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Anacardiaceae
Subfamily: Spondiadoideae
Genus: Dracontomelon
Carl L. von Blume, 1850.

Dracontomelon[1] (Vietnamese:Chi Sấu) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Anacardiaceae.

The most commonly eaten species is Dracontomelon duperreanum, which produces an edible fruit that is eaten in Cambodia, Vietnam and China. In Vietnamese, the plant is called cây sấu and is a common urban tree in Hanoi; the fruit is called quả sấu. The fruit is used in Vietnamese cuisine both as a souring agent and a candied treat similar to the Japanese umeboshi. The treat is popular among youths. In Chinese, the fruit is called 仁面.


Dracontomelon vitienseEspiritu Santo island, Vanuatu.

The following are known synonyms:

Dracontomelon duperreanum


  1. ^ Blume, Carl L. von (1850) In: Museum Botanicum Lugduno-Batavum sive stirpium Exoticarum, Novarum vel Minus Cognitarum ex Vivis aut Siccis Brevis Expositio et Descriptio (Blume, ed.), 1 [15]: 230-231.
  2. ^ The Plant list (20 January 2018)
  3. ^ GBIF: Dracontomelon petelotii

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