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Cannonball Tree, Ayahuma

Couroupita guianensis


Large tree with waxy flowers about 7cm across and cannon ball like fruits. In the same family as Brazil nuts, Lecythidaceae. Native to Tropical South America.


Seen as a street tree in Singapore


Flowers appear short lived.

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LarryGraziano 9 years ago

Here is the link for my cannonball tree

LarsKorb 9 years ago

Brilliant shot, Craig!

LarryGraziano 9 years ago

Will have to wait for the next bloom in March or April.

craigwilliams 9 years ago

I didn't know they came in yellow! Would love to see a shot of your tree & its blooms.

LarryGraziano 9 years ago

I have one on the corner of my property here in the Pacific slope of Costa Rica. The flowers on ours are only yellow. Very pretty specimen.

textless 9 years ago


craigwilliams 9 years ago

Hello SushilBarai. I'd never heard of 'nagkesar' but your spotting of it here: is Couroupita guianensis, which is South American not African. It's true it's cauliflorous but doesn't look it at first glance because of successive flowering on an inflorescence which originates from the bud scar but can be quite long, as in the pictures above. Cocoa flowers and fruits are always right on the trunk.

When I Googled Nagkesar it came up with Mesua ferrea from the Clusiaceae: which was new to me. Is there a translation of this common name?

SushilBarai 9 years ago

most interesting. In Bengal, an African tree, Courapeta guineensis, goes by the name 'nagkesar'; it is cauliflorous, flowering from the stem via bud traces, like the jackfruit and the cocoa. The flowers are truly astonishing, like a cobra's hood.

SusanEllison 9 years ago

fab shot!

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Spotted on Aug 31, 2010
Submitted on Oct 11, 2011

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