Edible Portion: Fruit, Kernel, Seeds, Oil, Nuts
A shrub or small evergreen tree. It grows 1-6 m tall. The branches are long, flexible and whip-like. The leaves are evenly spaced and leathery. They are rounded and stiffly erect. They are simple and rich green. The flowers are small and greenishwhite. They are in erect clusters in the axils of the leaves. The fruit is smooth and white, yellow, red, black or purple. It has a cotton like pulp. The fruit contains a large nut-like edible seed with 5 ridges.