Crescentia cujete

Scientific name: Crescentia cujete L.
Synonym: Crescentia acuminata Kunth
Botanical family: BIGNONIACEAE

Vernacular names

(In territories with significant traditional TRAMIL use)

Dominican Republic:

  • higüero, güira

Other vernacular names

Botanical description

Small tree, up to 8 m tall with shorttrunk up to 20 cm in diameter with long spreading branches; leaves short-petiolate, spatulate, fasciculate, 5-20 cm long; flowers bell-shaped, born on the trunk in clusters, 5-6 cm long, greenish- white to greenish-yellowish with purple markings, foul smelling; fruit globose to ellipsoid, smooth, shiny, 10-30 cm in diameter, with hard shell.








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