Kamias – Scientific name: Averrhoa bilimbi

English: Cucumber Tree
Tagalog: Kamias

Small tree growing 5 to 12 meters high. Leaves are pinnate, 20-60 cm long, with hairy rachis and leaflets. Leaflets are opposite, 10 to 17 pairs, oblong, 5 to 10 cm in length. Flowers, about 1.5 cm long, and slightly fragrant. Fruit, green and edible, about 4 cm long, subcylindric with 5 obscure, broad, rounded, longitudinal lobes.

Cultvated and semi-cultivated throughout the Philippines.

Parts utilized
Whole plant.

Astringent, stomachic, refrigerant, antiscorbutic.

Medicinal uses

  • Skin diseases, especially with pruritus: Reduce the leaves to a paste and apply tolerably warm to areas of affected skin.
  • Post-partum and rectal inflammation: Infusion of leaves.
  • Mumps, acne, and localized rheumatic complaints: Paste of leaves applied to affected areas.
  • Warm paste of leaves also used for pruritus.
  • Cough and thrush: Infusion of flowers, 40 grams to a pint of boiling water, 4 glasses of tea daily.
  • Fever: Fruit as a cooling drink.
  • The fruit has been used for a variety of maladies: beriberi, cough, prevention of scurvy.
  • Infusion of leaves also drank as a protective tonic after childbirth.


  • Fruit used to remove stains from clothing and for washing hands.
  • A common seasoning for sweets and pickling.

19 thoughts on “Kamias – Scientific name: Averrhoa bilimbi

  1. Ted Seyal

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  2. jackie

    hi! i just stumbled upon your site… it’s very informative. though i think “ginger lily” is the common english name for camia, the flower related to the ginger family (the scientific name is Hedychium coronarium according to the wikipedia). i don’t know the common english name for kamias, though.

  3. Lei

    I agree with jeipacumo. I was confused because there are inconsistencies with the informations on kamias. According also to Dr. Roberto Coronel, the scientific name of kamias is Averrhoa bilimbi. The english name of kamias is actually cucumber tree.

    Anyway, this is just to give the people the correct information. At least with this, we all learned also. 🙂 Thanks!

  4. henry

    We have an a investigatory project about kamias.My classmate told me that we can use the fruit as an deodorant.It’s that true?

  5. apple

    hi! we have a investigatory project and my classmate suggest that we can use the fruit of kamias as the substitute battery for the calculayor. is this true?

  6. sarah

    hello,were going to use the ginger lily as our investigatory project. What are the benefits of ginger lily?

  7. gc

    Guys,pls do correct this post.. i agree with jeipacumo.. please do visit our National Museum, BOTANY DIVISION and be informed.

  8. aijo

    we fermented kamias into vinegar and this post really helped me much in my project ,thanks

  9. Rose Merlyn Jubilo

    rust stains in cloths especially the white ones can be removed by the juice extracted from camias. I have been doing this for a long time. It really removes stains especially those caused by rust.

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