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Useful Tropical Plants

Vasconcellea cauliflora

(Jacq.) A.DC.

Caricaceae

+ Synonyms

Carica boissieri (A.DC.) Hemsl.

Carica cauliflora Jacq.

Carica pennata Heilborn

Carica quinqueloba Sessé & Moc.

Papaya cauliflora (Jacq.) Poir.

Vasconcellea boissieri A.DC.

Common Name:

Vasconcellea cauliflora
Fruits ripening along the trunk
Photograph by: John Ocampo
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General Information

Vasconcellea cauliflora is a usually unbranched small, evergreen tree with a main stem up to 3.5 metres tall.
The edible fruit is gathered from the wild for local consumption. The plant is sometimes cultivated for its fruit.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Northern S. America - Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala; Caribbean - Trinidad and Tobago.

Habitat

Open areas and forest edges.

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Fruit. The fruits are not eaten raw. However, the pulp of papaya d montana fruits is used by local people for making candy, jams, cakes, and salted preparations. Sherbets are also made from the pulp.

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sow in individual containers or in a nursery seedbed in light shade. Germination can be slow and difficult, taking about 30 days[
670
Title
Study of the Cultivation Potential of Native Fruit Species in Loja Province, Ecuador
Publication
 
Author
Scheldeman X.
Website
http://www.tropicallab.ugent.be/start.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A partial study, published on the Internet, of the family Caricaceae, with some very good photographs. Also, some notes on the Cherimoya.
]. Seedlings can be planted out when 4 - 6 months old[
670
Title
Study of the Cultivation Potential of Native Fruit Species in Loja Province, Ecuador
Publication
 
Author
Scheldeman X.
Website
http://www.tropicallab.ugent.be/start.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A partial study, published on the Internet, of the family Caricaceae, with some very good photographs. Also, some notes on the Cherimoya.
].

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