Pometia pinnata

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Pometia pinnata
Pometia pinnata, flowering.jpg
In flower, Tonga
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New growth and developing fruit
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Sapindaceae
Genus: Pometia
P. pinnata
Binomial name
Pometia pinnata

Pometia pinnata is a large tropical hardwood and fruit tree species, with common names including matoa, taun tree, island lychee, tava, of the plant family Sapindaceae.[1]

Naturally widespread, the trees grow through Southeast Asia, Malaysia and the Pacific region.[1]


Pometia pinnata grows into medium tree of 40 m (130 ft) tall.[1] It has pinnate leaves. The fruits are green, yellow, or dark red up to 4 cm (1.6 in) long, each with one seed surrounded by a fleshy aril.

The fruit is somewhat like a lychee, is edible, and is a popular fruit for eating.


  1. ^ a b c Conn, Barry J.; Damas, Kipiro Q. (2006+). "PNGTreesKey" (Online, from pngplants.org/PNGtrees/TreeDescriptions/). Guide to Trees of Papua New Guinea. Retrieved 16 Nov 2013. Check date values in: |year= (help)