||After the French Guiana common name, Kouroupitoumou
|| After French Guiana
||Couratari pedicellaris Rizzini, Couroupita acreensis R. Knuth, Lecythis bracteata Willd.
||Exotic: Cultivated only
||Tropical South America
Couroupita guianensis is cultivated tree that can be easily distinguished from the mass of straggly branches of large pink flowers and huge cannonball-like fruits at its trunk.
The Cannonball Tree is cultivated commonly in parks and residential areas and rarely along roads because of its large fruits. The Hindus and Buddhists use the flowers for worship and offerings (Wee, 2003).
The Cannonball Tree planted at a residential estate.
Straggly flower and fruit bearing branches from the trunk.
The leaves are arranged spirally.
The underside of the leaves, showing its arrangement.
The large pink flowers.
ReferencesWee YC. (2003) Tropical Trees and Shrubs: A Selection for Urban Planting. Sun Tree Publishing, USA. 392 pp.
Posted Date: 2013-06-25 / Modified Date: 2015-01-11