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Common Name : Calabash

Scientific Name: Crescentia cujete

Description: The spreading tree with leaves nearly sessile to the branches provides an awkward, stiff look and is grown primarily for the curiosity of the hard gourd-like fruits. Different varieties produce fruits of varying sizes, widely used as utensils, cups, and even musical instruments. The flowers are not conspicuous and separate trees are needed for pollination.

Range: Tropical America


Recommended LINKS & BOOKS

A great resource for botanical information is Botanica which you can order from at this link. This text features beautiful color photos and descriptions of over 10,000 garden plants. It is also available to order on CD from Canada.

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