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Naglingom or Canon ball tree, Couroupita guianensis

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Naglingom or Canon ball tree (Couroupita guianensis, family: Lecythidaceae) is a soft-wooded lagre deciduous tree, attaining a height of about 25 m. Trunk is stout and rough, brownish grey. The tree has a habit of shedding its leaves all on a sudden and it does the act several times a year.  As an ornamental tree it is planted in parks, gardens, botanical gardens and by avenue. Its original home is South America.Leaves are alternate, oblong-ovate, 20-25 cm long, short-petioled, alternate. The new leaves are light green and eye-catching. The mature leaves are dark green.
Flowers are yellow-pink or red with whitish stamens which which are curved like the hood of a snake, strongly scented, about 5 cm long and 8 cm wide, on woody, pendulous racemes, 50-0 cm long, springing from old trunk. 
Petals 6, outside brown-orange and inside maroon. It blooms mainly in summer but flowers can be seen throughout the year. 
Fruit is big and round, almost 15 cm wide, many seeded. It shaped like ammunition o…