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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Couroupita guianensis in Flora of Pakistan @

Berg Couroupita venezuelensis R. Berg Couroupita saintcroixiana R. On windy days, the fruits often bang against each other on the tree creating a sound reportedly resembling a cannonade. This page was last edited on 19 Decemberat Readable yet also very detailed.

Fruits hanging from trunk Photograph by: Although the flowers lack nectar, they are very attractive to beeswhich come for the pollen. Knuth Lecythis bracteata Willd.

Smaller fruits may contain about 65 seeds, while large ones can hold guiianensis many as Many animals feed on the pulp and seeds, including peccaries, the pacaand domestic chickens and pigs.

Each flower has a 6-lobed calyx and 6 spreading petals which encircle two types of stamens fertile stamens and sterile staminoides which are borne on a cream-colored androphore. For reasons that remain unclear, after C. It has been used to treat the common cluroupitastomachacheskin conditions and wounds, malariaand toothache.


The seeds are covered with trichomes which may protect them as they pass through the animals’ digestive systems.

If you would like to support this site, please consider Donating. Fruits that remain whole may be broken open couriupita animals such as pecarries. Sign up for our e-newsletter.

Each individual flower blooms for only one day. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Couroupita guianensis

The flowers produce two types of pollen: One tree can hold as many as flowers per day. Publisher Weinheim Year ISBN – Description An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without cojroupita details of how to utilize the plants. Trees grown in public places often have warning signs about falling fruit. Couratari pedicellaris Rizzini Couroupita acreensis R.

Back to Previous Page. No serious insect or disease problems. Year ISBN 0 3 6 Description A very terse 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.

Now containing plants. Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region. Couroupita guianensis is planted as an ornamental for its showy, scented flowers, and as a botanical specimen for couroupiya interesting fruit.


Mature fruits release a fetid aroma when they drop to the ground and fuianensis open. The leaves, which occur in clusters at the ends of branches, are usually 8 couorupita 31 centimeters 3 to 12 inches long, but can reach lengths of up to 57 centimeters 22 inches.

The seeds are dispersed by animals that feed on the fruits. A superb work, with the minor irritation that the translation from Portuguese is not of the best.

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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. Plant as a curiosity in tropical gardens in areas where there guianensos be minimal foot traffic under the tree when the ripened fruits are dropping.

Antimicrobial, antimycobacterial and antibiofilm properties of Couroupita guianensis Aubl. Comments have to be approved before they are shown here.