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NTBG Plant Name:
Artocarpus altilis Ebechab
February 12, 1998
Naito Soaladaob, David Lorence, Tim Flynn
Ngartard Village. Growing in yard to seaward of Evangelical Church. Along village lane.
Fruits small, oval to oblong. Fruits very similar to Errud and often indistinguishable. Rough with small, raised, pointed sections. No seeds. Leaves symmetrical, deeply dissected, almost to midrib with 3-4, mostly four pairs of lobes with undulate margins. Glossy blade with yellow veins. No to very few white hairs on upper veins. Underside slightly rough. Large robust tree with 1 m diamet4r and buttress roots. First branches -3 m from ground. Tree 18 m.
From Cultivated Plant:
Specimen preserved in 70% alcohol before drying
Name means 'sprinkled with ash'; fruit is best prepared by roasting in a fire.Few breadfruit trees seen in this coastal village, but all are Ebechab. This appears to be the most common cultivar in Palau. Trees in interior grow very large. Informant: Naito Soalodaob. Seedless breadfruit cultivars (Midolab, Meriaur, Ebechab, Errud) are known as Meduu. Today, few Palauans, especially children, eat breadfruit or other traditional staple foods such as taro or tapioca. Imported starches such as rice, bread, and cereal are peferred.
Date of Last Update:
July 14, 2015