Couroupita Aubl.

Mori, S. A. & Prance, G. T. (2006 onwards) The Lecythidaceae Pages (http://sweetgum.nybg.org/lp/index.html). The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York.

Description of the genus

Canopy trees. Leaves born in apical whorls of 7-40 leaves, medium to large-sized (8-30 cm long). Inflorescences cauliflorous, usually racemes or infrequently once-branched paniculate arrangements of racemes. Flowers zygomorphic. Sepals 6. Petals 6. Androecium prolonged on one side into a flat hood; staminodes anther-bearing. Ovary 6-locular; ovules numerous. Fruit indehiscent, dropping from tree at maturity, spherical or nearly so, pericarp fragile, often cracking when fruit hits ground. Seeds 10-15 mm long, numerous, ovate to lenticular, embedded in pulp which oxidizes bluish-green when exposed to air; dry pulp breaks into 6 segments.

Worldwide: In Central America from El Salvador into eastern Panama and in South America in Amazonia and the Guianas

Mozambique: 1 cultivated taxon.

Couroupita guianensis

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Other sources of information about Couroupita:

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Couroupita
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Couroupita
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Couroupita
Wikipedia: Couroupita
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Couroupita
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Couroupita

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Cultivated plants: genus page: Couroupita.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2246, retrieved 26 November 2020

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