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I’m back from a great vacation. He-Man and I went on a Western Caribbean Cruise for his 60th Birthday.

One of the Ports of Call was Roatan, Honduras. We visited Gimbalimba Park while there and that’s where I was introduced to this amazing flower and tree.

P52 36 of 52: Canonball Tree FlowerThe tree grows to be 50-70ft tall, and produces fruit that are about the size and shape of cannonballs-hence it’s common name. Its proper name is Couroupita guianensis. 

The fruit is edible but, is smelly which puts people off of eating it, and after the fruit comes the flower.  The fruit grows directly from the trunk which is unusual. Unlike the fruit, the flowers smell wonderful, and are used to make perfume, and cosmetics. The Hard shell of the fruit is sometimes used for containers.

Canonball Tree -Couroupita guianensis

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 28-105mm micro lens| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| Hand-held

More to come…



  1. amazing! Gorgeous images!

  2. Beautiful photos Deborah and thanks for the education. I’m not sure I could eat something that smelled bad. Did you try the fruit?

    • Thank you very much Dan! No, I didn’t see or taste the fruit. It was probably out of season since the tree was in full bloom.

  3. What a treasure to be able to photograph!!! Fabulous photos 😉

  4. Those are absolutely stunning Deborah

  5. Amazing photos!

  6. Neat tree, nice images!

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