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Durio zibethinus Durian Durian Bombacaceae
 

Durio zibethinus, Durian, Bombacaceae, durian

 

Durio zibethinus, Durian, Bombacaceae, durian

The durian is notorious for its putrid smell, but is widely cultivated as a fruit tree in the Asian tropics.
The tree grows to 120 ft (36 m) in the wild.
The leaves are 8 in (20 cm) long, dark green above and paler on the undersides.
The greenish white or pink flowers, in clusters of 3 to 30, grow directly on the trunk and branches.
The large, spiny, green to yellow fruits are up to 15 in (38 cm) long.
Cultivation: They prefer moist, humus-rich soil with full sun or dappled shade.
The species may be propagated from seed but the best fruiting cultivars are grafted or budded.
Several parts of the tree are used medicinally. Fruit supposed to restore the health of ailing humans and animals; according to popular belief, sickness and even death may strike people who consume durian in conjunction with alcohol. Leaves as bath for jaundice. Leaves-roots for fever. Fruit as depurative, vermifuge and tonic. Fruit walls for external complaints.

  

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