Thursday, June 28, 2012

flowers: canon balls

Photographed at East Coast Park in Singapore. In another occasion, many years ago, in Penang, I had a photo taken too.

WE just call this the Cannonball tree. The fruit has exactly just that, a big about 8 inch cannon. We often mistake it to be a jungle dible MAWANG mango family fruit, and the flower, makes me think of the Mickey mouse flower, and my late uncle Francis.

Couroupita guianensis

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Cannon-ball tree
Couroupita guianensis, flower
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Species:C. guianensis
Binomial name
Couroupita guianensis
Couroupita guianensis, whose common names include Ayahuma and the Cannonball Tree, is an evergreen tree allied to the Brazil Nut (Bertholletia excelsa), and is native to tropical northern South America and to the southern Caribbean. In India it has been growing for the past two or three thousand years at least, as attested by textual records[citation needed]; hence it is possible that it is native to India also. It's rare, but also found in Bangladesh. It is known as নাগকেশর or নাগালিংগম in Bengali.

It's part of the family Lecythidaceae and grows up to 25 m (82 ft) in height. The "Cannonball Tree" is so called because of its brown cannon-ball-like fruits. The majority of these trees outside their natural environment have been planted as a botanical curiosity, as they grow very large, distinctive flowers. Its flowers are orange, scarlet and pink in color, and form large bunches measuring up to 3m in length. They produce large spherical and woody fruits ranging from 15 to 24 cm in diameter, containing up to 200 or 300 seeds apiece.


Jama said...

They have a very peculiar scent which sometimes make me giddy.

Melbourne Australia Photos said...

What marvellous shots of this amazing tree, Ann. I also first saw it in the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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