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(Pouteria campechiana), small tree of the sapodilla family (Sapotaceae), native to northern South America and cultivated in other tropical regions. It grows 3-7.5 metres (10-25 feet) tall and has spreading branches, alternate leathery leaves, and small white flowers. The canistel fruit is oval in shape, 5-10 cm (2-4 inches) long, and orange-yellow in colour. Its edible orange flesh is sweet.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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