Sunday, December 5, 2010

Today’s flowers: couroupita guianensis tree

Couroupita guianensis (common name is Cannonball Tree), belongs to the family Lecythiaceae.

couroupita guianensis flowers
Have you ever walked around Singapore and observe the many unusual growths on those large trees? Couroupita guianensis are one of them, something special…
There are quite a number of these trees in Singapore, one is at Ang Mo Kio gardeb west, one at  botanic garden, one at Sembawang Park, one at east coast park…many more other places.
I found this old  Couroupita guianensis tree at Seletar west fram
couroupita guianensis tree Cannonball Tree, fruits of couroupita guianensis Click to enlarge.
The flowers are large, beautiful, pleasantly aromatic. Grow on stems that sprout out of the trunk of a HUGE tree. The fruit is are in the shape and size of cannon balls, that is why the name “Cannonball Tree” called. Both the flowers and fruits grow on stems that sprout out of the trunk of a HUGE tree.
Cannonball Tree I have seen flowering and fruiting on the lower part of the trunk…But this tree is really huge, I need to look up to  admire those beautiful flowers,
couroupita guianensis flower buds
Cannonball Tree flower and buds

…Other two old pictures below taken in Singapore zoo last year, more fruits growing on the tree trunk.
 
…Other beautiful flowers here: Todays Flowers.

10 comments:

Indrani said...

We have these Canon ball trees blooming here too. Your shots tempt me to train my lens on them. :)

Luna Miranda said...

what an unusual tree! i haven't seen this before, and i'm not sure if e have it here. the flowers are very pretty and interesting. i love your photos!


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Titania said...

This is a fantastic tree. It looks so exotic with its beautiful flowers. I have seen my first one in the botanical garden in Cairns. I was so impressed. Great photos.

Jama said...

These are very commonly found here in Singapore but I must admit there's a kind of odour to these flowers which turn me off! did you notice it?
The yellow flower you see in my blog was taken just outside Ang Mo Kio hub, just opposite the MRT station. They are commonly grown here in parks and along the roads, but maybe because it's short blooming period, not many people recognize it.

Judy said...

A very unusual plant, and flower! I love learning about the plants in other parts of the world! I bet you see this as ordinary...

fini said...

how exquisite!! thanks for sharing the info :)

Míriam Luiza said...

Lindas fotos!

ketapin said...

I try to get the seeds, have some one can help me?

ketapin said...

Hi,everybody. Could you someone give me some information to get the seeds?

ketapin said...

Hi evrybody,

Could you someone give me some information to get cannonball tree seeds in singapore?