Couroupita guianensis Aubl.

Etymology Genus After the French Guiana common name, Kouroupitoumou
Species After French Guiana
Family Lecythidaceae
Synonyms Couratari pedicellaris Rizzini, Couroupita acreensis R. Knuth, Lecythis bracteata Willd.
Common Names Cannonball Tree
Status Exotic: Cultivated Only
Form Tree
Native Distribution 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.

Interesting Facts:

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.


Wee YC. (2003) Tropical Trees and Shrubs: A Selection for Urban Planting. Sun Tree Publishing, USA. 392 pp.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2013-06-25 / Modified: 2017-12-25