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Napoleonaea imperialis, Napoleons Hat

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Napoleonaea imperialis

Napoleons Hat
Family: Lecythidaceae
Origin: Africa
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterUnusual colorRed/crimson/vinous flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Subtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Napoleona is an interesting group of trees and shrubs found

in the understorey of tropical rainforests. Esteemed for the exquisite, vividly colored, saucer shaped flowers that grow from leaf axils, or directly from trunk and stem. They are mostly grown as greenhouse specimens by collectors, but can be used as landscaping ornamentals where conditions are suited. Growing conditions are stated to be similar to the related Barringtonia spp.

The fruits sugary pulp is used as desserts, the roots for medicinal purposes and the twigs as traditional chewsticks. The reniform, reddish seeds of this species constitute a false kola, which has a taste closely resembling that of true kola.

The flowers are fragrant and smell like Butterscotch!

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Napoleona imperialis - Napoleons Hat

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Napoleons Hat. Esteemed for the exquisite, vividly...  more
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Grown in
1 gal pot
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