The plant thrives wherever the weather is warm and wet, like the tropics of the Americas, Africa, the Pacific Islands, and Asia, where pulasan is also known as bulala and ngoh khao san, among other names.
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Grows to 20-40 feet, ultra-tropical.
Like rambutan, the shell of a pulasan has soft, fleshy spikes, though they are thicker and shorter.
It attains a height of 10-15 m and has a short trunk to 30-40 cm thick.
Usually eaten fresh, it is sweeter than the rambutan and lychee, but very rare outside Southeast Asia.