Common Name: Palo de Velas
Ripening fruits at Foster Botanic Garden, Honolulu, Hawaii
Photograph by: Cyndy Sims Parr
Palo de Velas is an evergreen tree growing around 7 metres tall. It produces bizarre-looking fruit - hanging from the branches these slim, waxy, yellow-ochre fruits look exactly like freshly-dipped candles hung out to dry[
The tree is cultivated in the West Indies and other tropical regions as an ornamental plant and also sometimes for its edible fruit[
Central America - Panama.
]. Humid limestone woodlands[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
Prefers a well-drained but moist, fertile soil in a sunny position or light shade[
This species has become invasive in northern Australia[
Plants do not flower until they are quite large[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. The waxy, white to yellow, candle-shaped fruit is up to 60cm long[
Both the bark and the roots have medicinal properties[
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