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Phytocrene

Phytocrene bracteata

Description:

huge spiky fruit, almost the size of a soccer ball and very heavy. was growing on a vine, but the leaves were high up in the canopy and I couldn't see them. similar to Opuntia cacti, there are small spines covering this fruit which are irritating to the skin. I found this out the hard way!

Habitat:

tropical rainforest, coastal

Notes:

I only saw this fruit at Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve, but I did spot it a few times there.

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6 Comments

dandoucette
dandoucette 5 years ago

That's it, thanks Tabris.

Tabris Tabarsi
Tabris Tabarsi 5 years ago

Phytocrene sp.? P. bracteata maybe.

dandoucette
dandoucette 5 years ago

Chun, you may be right, could be a wild durian. I don't know that much about them. Tabris, as for the local name, I don't know it. My guide didn't have a name for it.

Tabris Tabarsi
Tabris Tabarsi 5 years ago

BTW, can you add the local name for this one?

Tabris Tabarsi
Tabris Tabarsi 5 years ago

Look like long-spike durian.
But "growing on a vine"?
And "small spines covering this fruit which are irritating to the skin"?
Never heard durian described like that. Hope you can ID this one.

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 5 years ago

Durian perhaps ?
Does look similar to this one
http://www.yearofthedurian.com/2013/05/d...

dandoucette
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dandoucette

Bitung, Indonesia

Lat: 1.53, Long: 125.16

Spotted on Jan 9, 2014
Submitted on Mar 20, 2014

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