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Gustavia augusta, Membrillo, Paco, Pacora, Choco, Sachamango, Heaven Lotus

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Gustavia augusta
Family: Lecythidaceae
Membrillo, Paco, Pacora, Choco, Sachamango, Heaven Lotus
Origin: Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterPink flowersEdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

A medium-sized tree with spectacular large flowers resembling lotus. The straight trunk is often unbranched, with just one cluster of leaves at the top of the trunk (like a palm). In big trees, though, there are a few large branches, each with a cluster of leaves at the end. Leaves are very large - no other tree in the area other than palms has larger leaves. They are toothed, long, narrow at the base, and broad at the apex. Fruit ellipsoid or globose, depressed, green to brown; pulp yellow orange; 2-20 seeds/fruit. Pulp eaten roasted or boiled, mixed with rice. The tree is used as wood for construction. The leaves in decoction are used to cure intoxication by poisoned arrows.

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4 Aug 2010
I read somewhere that this tree starts blooming only when several (appx 5) meters tall. Now, how do you see or pluck the flowers when they are so high up. Do they smell good ? There is also another variety of Gustavia that has deeper pink color flowers.More information on growing, soil, pH etc will be useful.

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Gustavia augusta - Heaven Lotus

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