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Kampupot/Banana Bush

Tabernaemontana pandacaqui


This fruit has an average of 2.5 inches in length and 1 inch across. It is green when young and turns orange to reddish-orange when ripen, it is not edible and believed to have toxic white tar though the black seeds coated with red flesh are eaten by some local birds. The white tar is used as herbal medicine to cure helps stop bleeding of minor wounds. The tree is grows up to a maximum height of 5 to 6 meters in maturity.


Tropical forests, highland and lowland forest, populated and cultivated lands.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Kampupot or Banana Bush
Tabernaemontana pandacaqui Tabernaemontana pandacaqui (APOCYNACEAE) Banana Bush

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welcome Shekai :)

Thanks for the ID Ate Agnes.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

I think Agnes you have got it....
Tabernaemontana pandacaqui

Ashish's suggestion leads us to our Kampupot or Banana Bush - Tabernaemontana pandacaqui or T. mindanaensis or T. mindorensis or T. orientalis -

craigwilliams 7 years ago

Great spotting. Just as a side note, All former Asclepiads (from Asclepiadaceae) are now part of Apocynaceae.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Tabernaemontana alternifolia
as per leads from Emillie and Nancy

@ Ashish and auntnance 123, just updated with two more photos.

@ Ashish and auntnance 123 the link you've given are very close match .Maybe my spotting is a sub species, anyway I'll try to upload the leaves and the flower for confirmation. Thanks very much for your efforts.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Nancy.... if this is perfect match or not can only tell by Shekainah....

Dina 7 years ago

Beautiful looking fruit!

auntnance123 7 years ago

Without pictures of the leaves and tree itself it's difficult. Found this on Emilie's lead:

EmilieChich 7 years ago

These "twin fruits" called mericarps are typical of Apocynaceae and Asclepiadaceae. As it is a tree, I would rather think of an Apocynaceae, but I'm not familiar with the asian species. Maybe anyone can narrow down the ID?

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Can this be member of Lardizabalaceae family...?

Masbate, Masbate, Philippines

Spotted on Jan 1, 2013
Submitted on Jan 5, 2013

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