Couroupita Aubl.

Mori, S. A. & Prance, G. T. (2006 onwards) The Lecythidaceae Pages ( 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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guianensis Aubl.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Couroupita:

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Couroupita
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Couroupita
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Couroupita
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Couroupita
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iNaturalist: Couroupita
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Couroupita
JSTOR Plant Science: Couroupita
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Couroupita
Plants of the World Online: Couroupita
Tropicos: Couroupita
Wikipedia: Couroupita

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Cultivated plants: genus page: Couroupita., retrieved 17 June 2024

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