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Aratiles, Datiles, Ratiles

Muntingia calabura
Elaeocarpaceae
Aratiles
A small, fast-growing tree with spreading branches to 10 m in height. The leaves are hairy, up to 12 cm long. The flowers are white and the fruit is round, fleshy, red when ripe, and edible. A native of tropical America, it was introduced to the Philippines during Spanish times for its sweet fruit, and is now naturalized and widely planted in the country.

A few trees grow in vacant lots in Alabang Hills, notably at the corner of Tagaytay and Trece Martires.
Aratiles
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