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F8. Noni Tree

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Noni trees are identifiable by a straight trunk; large, bright green and elliptical leaves; white tubular flowers; and its distinctive, ovoid, 'grenade-like' yellow fruit.  The fruit can grow in size up to 12 cm or more and has a lumpy surface covered by polygonal-shaped sections.  The seeds, which are triangular shaped and reddish brown, have an air sac attached at one end, which makes the seeds buoyant.  

One of the Pacific's most important medicinal plants, with the roots, bark, leaves, terminal buds, and fruit used to treat a wide range of maladies.  The fruit juice is in high demand as an alternative medicine to treat various conditions and maintain health.