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Parmentiera edulis Guajilote   Bignoniaceae
 

Parmentiera aculeata Family: Bignoniaceae Guajilote, Cuachilote, Guahalote, Candle Tree, Cucumber Tree, Parmentiera edulis

 
Parmentiera aculeata Family: Bignoniaceae Guajilote, Cuachilote, Guahalote, Candle Tree, Cucumber Tree, Parmentiera edulis

Parmentiera edulis, Parmentiera aculeata
Family: BignParmentiera aculeata Family: Bignoniaceae Guajilote, Cuachilote, Guahalote, Candle Tree, Cucumber Tree, Parmentiera edulisoniaceae
Guajilote, Cuachilote, Guahalote, Candle Tree, Cucumber Tree
Origin: Mexico and Guatemala
small tree 10-20 ft, full sun, regular water

This highly ornamental tree is due to the interesting shape of its leaves and the greenish-cream flowers that grow directly from the stem or branch tips. The fibrous, ridged, fruit is 12" long and 2 wide. It resembles a greenish-yellow cucumber, it is juicy with a sweet flavor similar to sugar cane. Eaten either raw or cooked. The fruit is sometimes made into pickles or preserves. It is reported to be a good remedy for colds, and the roots are used as a diuretic. The tree is adapted to a wide range of climatic conditions but is most frequently found in high-rainfall forests where it grows spontaneously.

     
     

 

  

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