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Apeiba aspera, Monkey's Comb

Apeiba aspera

Monkey's Comb
Family: Malvaceae
Origin: Central America
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterYellow, orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Yellow, heavily scented flowers are followed by interesting fruits that resemble sea urchins about 2" in diameter. These black fruits are covered with soft, short spines. Folk lore has it that these spiny fruit pods are used by monkeys as a comb.

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