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Monodora myristica, Calabash Nutmeg, Jamaica Nutmeg
 Monodora myristica
Family: Annonaceae
Calabash Nutmeg, Jamaica Nutmeg
Origin: West Africa
big treesmall tree 10-20 ftfull sunmoderate waterregular waterred/crimson/vinous flowersfragrantethnomedicalspice or herbedibleultra tropical, min. temp. 55Fsubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeincuded in CD catalog

This medium to large size tree has a lush crown. Huge, oblong leaves are particularly handsome. They emerge purple and turn deep green, with metallic green underneath. It is one of the most renowned tropical species for its fragrant blooms that are unsurpassed in beauty and originality. Like festive decorations, these curious flowers dangle on long, sturdy cords, which are actually modified twigs. They abort if flower is not fertilized, or thicken and become woody if it is. The flowers are havily waxy. Somewhat reminiscent of an orchid, the arching, yellowing calyx lobes are crysply frilled, margins edged and splotched with deep red, while the petals are paler with purplish red spots. Flowers evolve into large, woody syncarp fruit that is filled with aromatic pulp. The large, pungent seeds embedded within are used like nutmeg to flavor food, or are roasted, ground, and applied to heal wounds or to the forehead to relief headaches. Root is chewed to releive toothaches. Beetle polinated.


 
Monodora myristica, Calabash Nutmeg, Jamaica Nutmeg

Monodora myristica, Calabash Nutmeg, Jamaica Nutmeg
Monodora myristica, Calabash Nutmeg, Jamaica Nutmeg
Monodora myristica, Calabash Nutmeg, Jamaica Nutmeg
Monodora myristica, Calabash Nutmeg, Jamaica Nutmeg
Monodora myristica, Calabash Nutmeg, Jamaica Nutmeg
Monodora myristica, Calabash Nutmeg, Jamaica Nutmeg
Monodora myristica, Calabash Nutmeg, Jamaica Nutmeg
Monodora myristica, Calabash Nutmeg, Jamaica Nutmeg
Monodora myristica, Calabash Nutmeg, Jamaica Nutmeg
Monodora myristica, Calabash Nutmeg, Jamaica Nutmeg
Monodora myristica, Calabash Nutmeg, Jamaica Nutmeg
Monodora myristica, Calabash Nutmeg, Jamaica Nutmeg
Monodora myristica, Calabash Nutmeg, Jamaica Nutmeg


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   3000 Monodora myristica - Jamaica Nutmeg
Calabash Nutmeg, Jamaica Nutmeg. It is one of the most renowned tropical species for its fragrant blooms that are unsurpassed in beauty and originality. Like festive decorations, these curious flowers dangle on long, sturdy cords, which are actually modified twigs. Somewhat reminiscent of an orchid, the arching, yellowing calyx lobes are crysply frilled, margins edged and splotched with deep red, while the petals are paler with purplish red spots. Flowers evolve into large, woody syncarp fruit that is filled with aromatic pulp, pungent seeds embedded within are used like nutmeg to flavor food.
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