It has numerous common names including cainito, caimito, tar apple, star apple, purple star apple, golden leaf tree, abiaba, pomme de lait, estrella, milk fruit and aguay. It is also known by the synonym Achras cainito. In Vietnam, it is called Vú Sữa (literally: milky breast/nipples). In Malayalam it is called 'Swarnapathry' meaning '[the tree with] golden leaves'. In Cambodia, this fruit is called 'Plae Teuk Dos' which means milk fruit due to its milky juices inside.