Bignay (Antidesma Bunius) is a species of fruit tree in the family Phyllanthaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia and northern Australia. Its common Philippine name and other names include bugnay or bignai, Chinese-laurel, Queensland-cherry, salamander-tree, wild cherry, and currant tree. The tree may be shrubby, 10 to 26 ft (3-8 m) high, or may reach up to 50 or even 100 ft (15-30 m). It has wide-spreading branches forming a dense crown.
The evergreen, alternate leaves are oblong, dark-green, glossy, leathery, with very short petioles. The tiny, odorous, reddish male and female flowers are produced on separate trees, the male in axillary or terminal spikes. The round or ovoid fruits, up to 1/3 in (8 mm) across, are borne in grapelike, pendent clusters (often paired) which are extremely showy.
Each bunch of fruits ripens unevenly, so the fruits in a bunch are all different colors. Although the skin is thin and tough but yields an abundance of bright-red juice which leaves a purple stain on fabrics, while the pulp, only 1/8 in (3 mm) thick is white with colorless juice. Whole fruits are very acid, much like cranberries, when unripe; are subacid, slightly sweet, when fully ripe. Bignay is an attractive, undemanding, evergreen, ornamental plant. Bignay grows best in the hot, humid tropical lowlands. Plants can tolerate occasional light frosts.
- The fruit can be eaten raw or cooked and used in jellies.
- The bark yields a strong fiber for rope and cordage.
- The timber is reddish and hard. If soaked in water, it becomes heavy and, according to Drury, “black as iron”.
- The leaves are sudorific and employed in treating snakebite, in Asia
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