Thursday, December 27, 2007

Canon Ball Trees

I am glad it did not rain on christmas eve. We enjoyed our BBQ that day. Well, we went to the beach for a stroll before the BBQ started and I saw this strange looking tree. Their fruits looked like coconuts but they are not. These are very tall trees and known as Canon Ball Trees or Lecythidaceae .

The flowers have a wonderful smell and can be used to scent perfumes and cosmetics

The fruits are edible and are occasionally eaten, but the smell of the white flesh discourages most people from trying them. The hard shells of the fruit are sometimes used as containers


quintarantino said...

Gosh... those fruits are really weird ... but on the other hand the flowers are lovely and so are your photos.

ro_pumpkin said...

i discovered these trees at east coast beach and i was so fascinated ... some fruits are huge and when the tree is full of flowers , the sight and scent is amazing . tks for this one , makes me feel back in singapore