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Synonyms: Lecythis bracteata, Barringtonia couroupita, Barringtonia pedicellaris There are two individuals of Couroupita guianensis listed as Heritage Trees. Major Threat(s): The habitat of this species has declined widely because of clearing for settlement, timber and agriculture, resulting in populations becoming . Couroupita guianensis, commonly known as cannonball tree, is a soft-wooded, deciduous tropical tree of the Brazil nut family that typically matures to ‘.

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Berg Couroupita saintcroixiana R. Edible Medicinal and Nonmedicinal Plants. Couroupita guianensis Conservation status. Publisher David Hunt; Sherbourne, England.

Close up of flowers Photograph by: Stunning photographs of each species, brief details on the plant, its uses and how to grow it from seed.

Smaller fruits may contain about 65 seeds, while large ones can hold as many as The pollinators must work their way between the two areas of stamens as they gather the pollen. Year ISBN 0 3 6 Description A very couroupits guide to the trees of Peru, managing to give basic guides to a large number of genera, with more detail on a few species in each genus.

Foot traffic should not be permitted under the drip-line of this tree because falling fruit can seriously injure or kill human beings.

Fruits hanging from trunk Photograph by: Wikipedia articles incorporating a citation from the Encyclopaedia Britannica with Wikisource reference Articles with ‘species’ microformats.

The leaves, which occur in clusters at the ends of branches, are usually 8 to 31 centimeters 3 to 12 inches long, but can reach lengths of up to 57 centimeters 22 inches. Knuth Lecythis bracteata Willd.

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Couroupita guianensis – Cannon Ball Tree

The fruit is edible, but is not usually eaten by people because, in contrast to its intensely fragrant flowers, it can have an unpleasant smell. Gives descriptions, photos and uses of a very wide range of fruit and other food-producing plants plus ornamentals. Retrieved 21 December A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.

Flowering trunk Photograph by: Publisher Weinheim Year ISBN – Description An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Close-up of flower Photograph by: On windy days, the fruits often bang against each other on the tree creating a sound reportedly resembling a cannonade. Leaves typically drop once, but sometimes couroupitaa, per year, usually in response to dry weather, guiianensis the designation of deciduous for this tropical tree.

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Couroupita guianensis

Fruits that remain whole may be broken open by animals such as pecarries. Readable yet also very detailed.

Native Amazonians use extracts of several parts of the tree to treat hypertensiontumorspainand inflammation. Because of this, the sal tree is revered by many Buddhist people around the world.

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Culture Winter hardy to USDA Zones where it is best grown in organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Other carpenter bees such as Xylocopa frontalisas well as waspsflower fliesand bumblebeesare also known to visit the flowers. Knuth Couroupita guianensis var. Each fruit guiznensis takes 1 year or more to mature. Some trees flower profusely until the entire trunk is covered with racemes. Mature fruits release a fetid aroma when they drop to the ground and break open.

Trees grown in public places often have warning signs about falling fruit.

How many fingers does the typical human have? When the fruits fall to the ground, the hard, woody shell usually guianenssis open, exposing the pulp and seeds. Fallen fruit Photograph by: Leaf margins are entire or finely serrate.

If you would like to support this site, please consider Donating. Antimicrobial, antimycobacterial and antibiofilm properties of Couroupita guianensis Aubl. Garden Uses Plant as a curiosity in tropical gardens in areas where there will be minimal foot traffic under the tree when the ripened fruits are dropping. Knuth Couroupita antillana Miers Couroupita froesii R.

This page was last edited on 19 Decemberguiandnsis Tree, showing canopy guinensis specialized fruiting branches Photograph by: Veins on leaf undersides are pubescent. The seeds are dispersed by animals that feed on the fruits.