Canon Ball Tree in Cairns

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Couroupita_guianensis

it is cultivated in many other tropical areas throughout the world because of its beautiful, fragrant flowers and large, interesting fruits.[4] There are medicinal uses for many parts of Couroupita guianensis

This tree was in the parkland by the foreshore at Cairns…now planted with amazing trees and plants.

The name of this glorious tree is very indicative of the characteristics it displays. Popularly referred to as the ‘cannonball tree’ because not only are the fruits as large, round and heavy as their namesakes, but when falling to the earth, they often do so with loud and explosive noises. 

Perhaps the curiosity provoked by this strange tree comes from the fact that the fruit appears to be developing straight from the trunk of the tree as opposed to normal fruit trees like the apple, but also in that the fruit has a truly awful stench to it, unlike the flowers. These too, are extremely odd, developing in enormous bunches of up to twelve feet long, and are very brightly colored with strong, sweet scented blooms.