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Rambutans by Muhammad Mahdi Karim.jpg
Nephelium lappaceum fruits
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Sapindaceae
Subfamily: Sapindoideae
Genus: Nephelium

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Nephelium is a genus of about 25 species of flowering plants in the family Sapindaceae, native to southeastern Asia.

They are evergreen trees with pinnately compound leaves, and edible drupaceous fruit; one species, N. lappaceum (rambutan) is commercially important for its fruit. The genus is closely related to Litchi and Dimocarpus.

Selected species
Image Scientific name Common name Distribution
Nephelium aculeatum Borneo (Sabah)
Nephelium chryseum China, Borneo, the Philippines, and Vietnam
Nephelium compressum Borneo
Nephelium costatum Malaysia
Nephelium cuspidatum Borneo
Nephelium daedaleum Borneo
Nephelium hamulatum Peninsular Malaysia
Nephelium havilandii Borneo (Sarawak)
HNEP42.jpg Nephelium hypoleucum Korlan Indo-China to Peninsula Malaysia (Kedah)
Nephelium juglandifolium Peninsula Malaysia to western Jawa
Rambutan masak didahan.JPG Nephelium lappaceum Rambutan Thailand to western Malesia
Nephelium laurinum Peninsula Thailand to western Malesia
Nephelium macrophyllum Borneo
Nephelium maingayi Peninsula Thailand to western Malesia
Nephelium meduseum Borneo
Nephelium malaiense Philippines
Nephelium melanomiscum Southern Indochina to Peninsula Malaysia
Nephelium melliferum Southern Indochina to Peninsula Malaysia
Nephelium papillatum Borneo (Sabah)
Pulasan Nephelium mutabile.JPG Nephelium ramboutan-ake Pulasan Peninsular Malaysia
Nephelium reticulatum Borneo
Nephelium subfalcatum Westen Malesia
Nephelium toong Indochina
Nephelium topengii Hainan
Nephelium uncinatum Nicobar Islands to western Malesia
Hairless Rambutan.JPG Nephelium xerospermoides Hairless rambutan Vietnam


  1. ^ "Nephelium L." Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2006-03-29. Retrieved 2010-01-19.

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