Calabash Tree (Crescentia cujete)
Rare endemic plant bear fruit in the Loyola Botanical garden
The Calabash tree (Crescentia cujete) is a plant native to Central and
The greenish-yellow flowers are marked with purple veins. The flowers arise from the trunk or main branches and appear from May through January. The woody fruit, botanically a capsule, is elliptic, ovate, or spherical and may grow to 10 inches in diameter. The fruit takes up to seven months to ripen. Fibres from the calabash tree were twisted into twine and ropes.
|Endemic plant bear fruit in the Loyola Botanical garden|
The hard wood made tools and tool handles. The split wood was woven for sturdy baskets. But it was the calabash’s gourd-like fruit that made the plant truly useful. Large calabashes were used as bowls and, peculiarly, to disguise the heads of hunters.
traditional medicine, the fruit pulp is used for respiratory problems such as
asthma. A fruit decoction is taken orally to treat diarrhoea, stomach ache, colds, bronchitis, cough, asthma,
and urethritis. Suriname