Basanacantha armata Hook.f.
Common Name: Jagua Macho
Jagua macho is a dioecious shrub or small tree growing 2 - 10 metres tall[
]. It is briefly deciduous, losing its leaves just before flowering[
The edible fruits are sometimes gathered from the wild for local use[
The fruit is said to have been used for stupefying fish[
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; Caribbean; C. America - Panama to Mexico.
Dry to wet forests[
]. Dry or moist thickets or forest of the lowlands of both coasts, ascending in the Pacific bocacosta to about 1,200 metres[
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A tree of the tropical lowlands, found in dry to wet forests[
]. This pulp is sometimes eaten by people, but its black colour makes it repulsive in appearance and the flavour is unpleasant[
]. The ripe fruit has a hard but rather thin shell[
]. The subglobose to oblong fruit is 3 - 4 cm long, 2.5 - 3 cm wide, densely covered with minute lenticels, becoming pale yellow-orange at maturity[
The wood is employed for fuel[
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