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Crescentia cujete
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Bignoniaceae
Tribe: Crescentieae
Genus: Crescentia

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Crescentia (calabash tree, huingo, krabasi, or kalebas) is a genus of six species[1] of flowering plants in the family Bignoniaceae, native to southern North America, the Caribbean, Central America northern South America, West Africa and South Africa. The species are moderate-size trees growing to 10 m (35 ft) tall, and producing large spherical fruits, with a thin, hard shell and soft pulp,[2] up to 25 cm (10 in) in diameter.[3]


The fruit pulp is used traditionally for respiratory problems.[4] The hard shell can be used for containers, scoops, cups etc.[2]

Selected species[edit]


  1. ^ "Crescentia". Germplasm Resources Information Network. Archived from the original on 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2011-09-24.
  2. ^ a b "Crescentia cujete (Huingo)". Rainforest Conservation Fund. Retrieved 2011-09-24.
  3. ^ "Calabash Tree Fruit". Mission to Belize. Retrieved 2011-09-24.
  4. ^ "Calabash tree". Tropilab. Retrieved 2011-09-24.

External links[edit]

Data related to Crescentia at Wikispecies