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Naglingam (Couroupita guianensis) flower in Hyderabad, AP W IMG 6609.jpg
Couroupita guianensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Lecythidaceae
Genus: Couroupita
  • Pontopidana Scop.
  • Pekea Juss. 1789, illegitimate homonym, not Aubl. 1775. (syn of Caryocar in Caryocaraceae)
  • Elsholtzia Neck. 1790 illegitimate homonym, not Willd. 1790 (Lamiaceae)

Couroupita is a genus of flowering plants of Lecythidaceae family first described as a genus in 1775.[2][3] It is native to tropical South America and Central America.[1]

  1. Couroupita guianensis - Cannonball tree - Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, east to Amapá and south to Bolivia; naturalized in the West Indies as well as in Bangladesh and Andaman & Nicobar
  2. Couroupita nicaraguarensis – Bala De Cañón, Coco De Mono, Paraíso, Zapote De Mico, or Zapote De Mono - Central America, Colombia, Ecuador
  3. Couroupita subsessilis - northern Brazil, northern Peru


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