Parmentiera cereifera

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Parmentiera cereifera
Parmentiera cereifera fruit.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Bignoniaceae
Genus: Parmentiera
Species: P. cereifera
Binomial name
Parmentiera cereifera
Candle tree (Parmentiera cereifera), Parque Municipal Summit, Panama

Parmentiera cereifera, the candle tree, is a species of tree in the family Bignoniaceae. It is endemic to Panama, but it is also a commonly cultivated specimen in botanical gardens.[1]

This tree grows up to 6 meters tall. The oppositely-arranged leaves are each made up of three leaflets. They are borne on winged petioles up to 5 centimeters long. The flower is solitary or borne in a cluster of up to four. The five-lobed corolla is greenish white. The fruit is a taper-shaped berry up to 60 centimeters long. It is green, ripening yellow, and waxy in texture. The fleshy fruit is edible.[2]


  1. ^ Mitré, M. 1998. Parmentiera cereifera. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. Downloaded on 10 June 2013.
  2. ^ Lim, T. K. Parmentiera cereifera. Edible Medicinal and Non-Medicinal Plants: Volume 1, Fruits. Springer. 2012. pg. 512.