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Crescentia cujete

Crescentia cujete, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Magnoliopsida
Ordo: Lamiales
Familia: Bignoniaceae
Tribus: Crescentieae
Genus: Crescentia
Species: Crescentia cujete


Crescentia cujete L.


* Species Plantarum 2:626. 1753
* USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Data from 07-Oct-06]. [1]

Vernacular names
Italiano: Albero delle zucche


Crescentia cujete, commonly known as the Calabash Tree, is species of flowering plant that is native to Central and South America. It is a dicotyledonous plant with tripinnate leaves.

Ethnomedical Uses

* The parts used include the fruit and seeds.

* A fruit decoction is taken orally to treat diarrhea, stomachache, colds, bronchitis, cough, asthma, and urethritis.

* The leaves are used to treat hypertension.

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