|CRESCENTIA CUJETE - CALABASH TREE|
Calabash tree, krabasi, kalebas, huingo.
Bignoniaceae (Bignonia family).
This is a small evergreen tropical tree growing up to of 25' tall.
It has a rough bark and simple leaves.
Calabash tree has cauliflorus flowers that appear directly from nodes on the trunk and branches.
The flowers bloom at night. The fruits develop after pollination by bats: they are large, up to 14" in diameter and globulose with a hard green woody shell.
Inside there is a pulp that has medicinal applications.
The flat seeds are small and embedded in the pulp.
Suriname's traditional medicine
The fruit pulp is used for respiratory problems (asthma).
USDA zone 9B - 11.
Full sun, well drained soils; has some salt tolerance.
Plant in frost free locations, has no tolerance for even a light frost.
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