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Vansconcellea mónoica "Babaquinho"

Vansconcellea mónoica "Babaquinho"

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Vansconcellea mónoica "Babaquinho" Seeds

Vansconcellea mónoica, or "Babaquinho", is a bush that grows up to 3 meters high, with a semi-woody stem (it is not hollow like the species of the carica genus ) and can branch from the base. The rind is gray-green and quite fibrous. The leaves have long stalk that joins a leaf to a stempetioles (stems) of up to 15 cm, are palmate (in the shape of a hand whose leaf blade is divided to the middle), with a membranous texture and crenate margin (with rounded tooth indentations) measuring 4 cm to 6 cm in length. width by 9 cm to 13 cm in length.

They are pauciflorous, that is, they grow on the stalk bearing a flower or fruitpeduncles or multi branched flowerspanicle stalks.(flower cluster with a pyramidal shape) that arise directly from the trunk. The female flowers have a tubular The petals of a flower, containing the stamen and pistil.corolla with 5 white petals with a rounded tip and 5 male reproductive organstamens (male tubes) epipetalous (on the petals) and anthers (glands that carry pollen grains) rhymes (with longitudinal slits). The fruit is an resembling an eggovoid berry 4 cm to 6 cm in diameter and 7 cm to 8 cm long, with a shiny yellow skin at maturity that weighs 15 to 36 grams.

The seeds are canopy of a treecrowned with spikes, reminiscent of sea urchins, surrounded by a white gelatinous fiber. The fruit wall (pericarp) is white and firm, when cut it leaves a white latex. Fruiting from December to April. The fruits have a fleshy skin that is insipid for fresh consumption; but this meat can be consumed either in soups or braised with other vegetables or meat; or better yet, used to make a very tasty sweet in syrup.

The plant is often cultivated as an ornamental both for its small size and for its beautiful fruits.

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