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Couroupita guianensis Aubl.
Origin of Scientific name: The genus name Couroupita
comes from the South American name for this plant, couroupitoutoumou.
The species name guianensis comes from the Guianas, referring to the
place of origin of the botanical specimen used as reference to name
Vernacular names : pokok peluru meriam (Malaysia),
buah kanon (Indonesian), sala-lan kaa (Thailand), dau lau (Vietnam),
cannonball tree (English).
Original habitat : South America, It is a tree of
the flood plains of the northern parts of South America. In its
natural habitat the tree grows into a fine, straight tree, with a
crown of branches high up, and a profusion of its curious short
flowering branches, from about 3 meters from the ground to the
crown. The timber appears to have no particular use.
Large shrub requiring a warm, humid site in partial
shade. The foliage has deeply indented veins which is quite
different to most Camellias. The new growth is an attractive purple
color. Best suited to woodland conditions. The soil must be
well-drained soil and remain constantly damp. It produces the only
yellow flowers known in the genus. In time, hybridizers are hoping
to develop a new range of colors to include yellow, orange, apricot
This beautiful, small tree is common on Kinabalu
from 2,500 to 3,000 meters above sea level. The rather similar S.
wallichii (Madang Changkoh) grows on hills in the Peninsular,
especially Penang Hills, and is distinguished by its smaller flowers
and larger leaves. It is a moderate-sized tree.
|Date of Issue
||5 February 2002
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