Hymenaea courbaril


Hymenaea courbaril L.

Recent Synonyms: None relevant.

Status: Exotic; Casual (Teo et al., 2011a). Cultivated.

Growth Form or Habit: Tree to 40 or 50m.

Leaves: Pinnately compound, leaflets sickle-shaped.

Jurong Lake Park; 2010.

Jurong Lake Park; 2010.

Stem: Smooth, cylindrical trunk.

Jurong Lake Park; 2010.

Flowers: white, in small clusters; sour smell. Flowering in June locally.

Fruits: Legume with hard woody pericarp. Matures in 10 to 11 months, seeds in a smelly pulp.  In the native habitat, dispersed by animals cracking open the legume. Here, squirrels and monkeys may attack the immature softer pod, or the pod may rot away after falling, allowing seeds to germinate.

Jurong Lake Park; 2010.

Cracked fruit
Jurong Lake Park; 2010.

Jurong Lake Park; 2010.

Habitat: Wild juveniles only known below cultivated parents at one location (Teo et al., 2011a).

Occurence: Jurong Lake Park (Teo et al., 2011a).

Other Information:

Common Name: West Indian Locust Tree.

1 Comment »

  1. kwekings said

    hmm issit really pinnately compound? or more accurately bifoliate?

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