Plants > Ornamental & Shade Trees > Calabash tree
Unusual ornamental tree . Often seen in the fields in Guanacaste. The flowers and gourds grow directly off the trunks and branches. The tree is resilent. When the fields are burned these trees seem to survive fine.
simple leaves, which are alternate or in fascicles (clusters) on short shoots
the large, round fruit, 5 to 12 inches in diameter, with a smooth, hard shell, which hang directly beneath thebranches.
The twoi nch-wide flowers are yellow/green with red or purple veins, cup-shaped, and appear to emerge directlly from the branches
?http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/database/documents/pdf/tree_fact_sheets/crecuja.pdf * good source
native, fire resistant, evergreen