Grias fendleri Seem.
Grias integrifolia (Standl.) R.Knuth
Gustavia integrifolia Standl.
Common Name: Anchovy Pear
Close-up of the flowers
Photograph by: Reunaldo Aguilar
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Anchovy pear is a tree that grows about 4 - 10 metres tall, with occasional specimens to 15 metres[
]. It usually has a few thick branches, though it is sometimes unbranched, and is particularly conspicuous due to its leaves, which can be 1 metre long by 35cm wide and are carried in great bunches[
]. The bole can be up to 35cm in diameter, usually producing more than one erect stem from near the base[
The edible fruit is harvested from the wild for local use. The plant is occasionally cultivated for this fruit, which is sold in local markets[
Northern S. America - Colombia, north through Central America to Guatemala and Jamaica.
Wet mixed forest, often in wooded swamps, at or a little above sea level[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
A plant of the hot, humid, tropical lowlands[
Plants succeed in swampy soils[
Fruit - raw when fully ripe[
]. The immature fruits are pickled like the mango - which they somewhat resemble in taste[
]. The large, yellowish green, pear-shaped fruit is fleshy[
The heartwood is a brownish-yellow, often discoloured; the thick band of sapwood is yellowish-white. The texture is coarse; the grain is straight. The wood is of medium weight and density; moderately hard; not strong; brittle; not durable. It is easy to work. The wood, in radial section, somewhat resembles oak. It is used locally to a small extent as a house and handy-work timber[
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