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~ELEPHANT APPLE~ Dillenia Indica Hondapara Tropical Fruit Tree 12/50/100 Seeds

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Dillenia indica

Dillenia indica

Synonyms: Dillenia elongata Miq., Dillenia indica f. elongata (Miq.), Dillenia speciosa Thunb.


Native to SE Asia, from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka east to SW China (Yunnan) and Vietnam, and south through  Thailand to Malaysia and Indonesia.

Elephant Apple

You are bidding on * fresh seeds shipped from Hawaii.

Elephant Apple

This large, evergreen tropical tree is native to forest riverbanks  across tropical Asia and grows up to 15 m tall. Its branches are used to make good firewood.

The leaves of the Elephant Apple are simply beautiful. Each is papery, glossy dark green and the size of a man’s foot.  Undersides are downy and parallel pleats complete the amazing and pretty foliage characteristics.

Dillenia indica produces solitary large, 15–20 cm diameter, with five white petals and numerous yellow stamens flowers from June  to August. The flowers are short-lived.

The knobby grapefruit-sized fruits are yellow-green, and ripen with a leathery brown covering and many interior brown-black  seeds.

The fruits are edible. They are crisp and aromatic (almost onion-like) with an acid flesh. Unripe fruits are often  pickled or used as chutney.
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The Legend of the Money Tree

Dillenia indica was brought to Brazil by the Portuguese. The legend says that D. Pedro I of Brazil (D. Pedro IV of Portugal)  sent the fruits of the Elephant Apple tree to Portugal with the message “In this land money grows on trees”.

When the Portuguese opened the fruits they’ve lost their speech! All the fruits had patacas’ coins  (the Brazilian currency) inside!

D. Pedro in such a way wanted to symbolize the natural richness of Brazil. The trick was so good that  even today people from Portuguese speaking countries keep talking about the Patacas’ tree as a hypothetical easy way to make money.

But how did the fruits had coins inside without being opened before?

The Elephant Apple tree is known in Brazil also as the chest-fruit tree, and the origin of this name is the key to solve the mystery.

When the flowers of Dillenia indica are fertilized, the fruit grows in the middle as usual, however, also the petals start  developing and growing around, becoming juicy, edible and protecting the fruit inside. So, what you place in the flower  (between the ovary and the petals) remains there, and obviously the coins that D. Pedro placed in the flowers remained inside  until fruits got ripe and someone got them.

An interesting study in the Buxa Tiger Reserve by ecologists Sekar & Sukumar has shown  that Asian elephants appear to have a particular fondness for the fruits of Dillenia indica, so they are an important seed dispenser for this tree.

Because Elephant Apple is a main source of food for elephants, monkeys and deer, it is prohibited to collect fruits from the  core areas of the forest. Commercial sale of the fruit is also prohibited in order to help the food-chain system of the forest  from dismantling totally.

Dillenia indica preferes full to partial sun and an acidic, humusy soil with average drainage. The best conditions for this  tree is lots of heat and high humidity. It’s sensitive to cold, but will survive a brief encounter with frost.

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        All bare-root live plants shipped are  wrapped in moist sphagnum moss to ensure the  plant's healthy transit to you. All live plants are  Inspected By USDA Plant Inspectors before they are shipped  to insure you get healthy pest free plants and seeds.

We ship  via USPS Mondays-Wednesday with Delivery confirmation.

    All plant materials are  required by LAW to inspected and certified by USDA prior to  export Hawaii to the US Mainland.

After Inspection, USDA stamps released for  export Hawaii to the US Mainland. All items are delivered to  USDA Inspection Station at Honolulu International airport.

USDA Certification charge  is included in Shipping and Handling @ $5 fee per  item/species.

There is a packing and custom boxing fee.

Last and usually least is USPS postage (shipping)


We can  ship certified live plants to the US only. Only Domestic  Shipping and Handling includes USDA Certification.

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We will ship once a  week - ON or BEFORE WEDNESDAYS, because of the special  stamps needed to ship plants and cuttings to you. This can  only be done at the Dept. of Agriculture. If payments are  not met before that MONDAY, your items will be shipped the  following week and NOT eligible for any combined discount.  Non-paying bidders will be reported as an unpaid item to  eBay.


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We will  combine shipping for auctions won on the same week paid with  same PayPal payment.

This policy is good  for auction items bought and paid for in the week ending  MONDAY.

We  ship on Tuesdays.

Payment must be received within 4 days of the auction  ending.

Combined Discounts Won Auctions

For 2-3  winning auctions, the combined discount is 10% of the total  Shipping and Handling charges.

For 4-7  winning auctions, the combined discount is 20% of the total  Shipping and Handling charges.

For 8+  winning auctions, the combined discount is 30% of the total  Shipping and Handling charges.

As each order is packed and prepared separately you will pay  the quoted S/H charges individually per item. If you buy the  same species in that item it does calculate out the discount  (i.e.: additional items)

My stores' combined  shipping is built in for same items rather than a varied  selection. Domestic S/H includes postage, USDA certification  and inspection, proper packing and delivery to Airport for  prompt delivery.

I can't really change  any of these. If you want one of this and one of that, it is  hard to discount much as each different species requires  it's own prep, packing, then at USDA each has to be  unwrapped and inspected then repacked. USDA requires us to  clean and prepare every last piece before we drive them to  the Inspection Station on the other side of the island.

This requirement takes  my wife and I, 2-3 days to pack items and get ready to ship.  The whole next day we drive around the island and get  inspected (2-3 hours), then drive to the Airport Post Office  to drop off. It takes the same work with the same type item  if you can understand.

Before you purchase After you Receive  your Items.

There is the risk when  you grow plants that they may die. LIVE PLANTS are  PERISHABLE, guaranteed not to live forever.

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 Small plants need  protection from many things, wind, sun, dry-out. They do  well just in the garage or living room. They need good light  but not sunlight (full sun will burn small plants). Small pots dry-out  easily. Just sitting in a shallow tray of water works well. The idea is to keep the  plants from dehydrating.

Be careful if you  decide to re-pot.  Re-potting voids any warranty. Plants are easily damaged  with new/different mix. Use NO fertilizers (this may kill  your plants). Proper care is critical upon arrival. Live Plants are NOT GUARANTEED  to survive under your care. DO NOT expect any live plant to  be GUARANTEED to remain alive. Plants are NOT GUARANTEED TO  SURVIVE after you begin Care! Live arrival is guaranteed,  eternal survival is up to you.


 IF YOU are NOT able  to provide PROPER CARE, PLEASE DO NOT EXPECT plant to be  GUARANTEED after it perishes.


Please Do NOT  email me after a week after receiving and repotting your  plant, and make a claim it arrived damaged. All photo support must  be as arrived in original condition when received (in the  box and packed as delivered).

If you repot your  plant after delivery, all warranties are voided and no  replacement is offered. You should use good gardening skills  and repot if desired but at buyer's risk and expense.

If repotted, you are  responsible for the condition of the plant. NO REPLACEMENT or REFUND  WILL BE CONSIDERED IF YOU HAVE REPOTTED THE PLANT.

Not every plant that I  grow survives, and I am aware of that and accept the risk  when I order. This is the risk that you as the buyer accept,  because there is no way to know what kind of conditions it  will endure in the trip to your door. My responsibility ends  when a live plant is delivered to your door.

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Make sure you  follow these guidelines. If you don't, you may be subject to  a range of actions, including limits of your buying and  selling privileges and suspension of your account.

I am very reasonable  and understanding, anything can happen to small plants in  transit, for this reason uninsurable.

The expense to send it  to you is most of your payment. To send any replacements, I  try to piggy back with your next order.

Replacement is not an  option for CUSTOMS SEIZURE.

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I ship items the best  and least expensive option. These are coming from Hawaii.  The only thing inexpensive here in Hawaii are my items!! I  do ship all my items promptly via best method. If you feel  like the combined shipping fee is wrong, please wait to be  invoiced and check back with me! I value your business and  will work diligently to keep you satisfied. I am very  generous and reasonable with reasonable people, just ask.

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When you receive  your seeds, you have only 7 days to make any claim. Once  planted, seeds can NOT be returned and no refund is offered.  All seed sales are final. There are no germination  guarantees.

Seller warrants  seed to be of the variety and quantity advertised. Safe  delivery is guaranteed and seeds lost or damaged during  shipment will be replaced at seller's expense. Claims must  be made within 7 days of shipment. All other replacements,  refunds, returns and exchanges will be made at the sole  discretion of the seller.

  Seed is a live  product which depends on many important related grower  skills such as proper planting time, seed depth, type of  soil, irrigation, proper use of fertilizers, weed controls,  fungicides, insecticides, disease free soil, and reasonable  weather conditions during the growing period. Germination is  affected by such factors as temperature, moisture content,  light intensity and contamination of planting media. These  factors are totally out of the seller's control and are the  buyer's responsibility and risk. Consequentially, the seller  cannot unconditionally guarantee seed to perform properly  regardless of conditions or the buyer's methods or  mistakes..

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