Calabash

Calabash

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Credit: DAVID PARKER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Photograph of the large green fruit of the calabash, Cresentia cujete L., taken in Grenada. The calabash, a small tree (5-8 metres high) native to tropical America and the West Indies, is now widespread throughout the tropics. When ripe the fruit is up to 25 centimetres across and has thin durable woody walls which may be polished and carved to make items such as containers, domestic utensils, ornaments and percussion musical instruments. Artifacts made from the calabash fruit have been found at archaeological sites in Peru. The tubular yellowish flowers of the calabash tree (visible here) are thought to be pollinated by bats.

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Keywords: botany, calabash, cresentia cujete, flora of, fruit, grenada, nature, part, parts, plant, plants, reproduction, reproductive, structure

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