Parmentiera cereifera Seem., J. Bot. (Hooker) 3:302. 1841 (B. Seemann, Bot. voy. Herald 182, t. 32. 1854);

Images by Raman Arunachalam, Dinesh Valke, Satish Phadke, Prashant Awale (Id by Shrikant Ingalhalikar & Vijayasankar Raman), Aarti S Khale, Rekha Shahane, Raghu Ananth & Ranjini Kamath (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (for complete
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Characteristic features: 3 foliolate leaves Winged petiole. Flowers from stem and old branches.Fruits candle like, multiple, seen hanging down from branches. 
par-men-TEER-uh — named for French botanist Antoine Augustin ParmentierDave’s Botanary
ker-EE-fer-uh — bearing waxDave’s Botanary

commonly known as: candle tree

Native to: Panama; cultivated in tropics 

 

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Parmentiera cerifera a Candle tree: Candle tree.
Parmentiera cerifera
Family Bignoniaceae
Characteristic features: 3 foliolate leaves Winged petiole. Flowers from stem and old branches.Fruits candle like, multiple, seen hanging down from branches.
Kolkata botanical garden Dec2010
Non native. Origin :South America 


–  Kindly check the spelling Parmentiera cereifera


– i had seen a bonsi with single candle hanging in VJTI flower show.


– A Parmentiera tree is also present in Rani Bag Mumbai in its central area. It was also flowering on last weekend. I couldn’t find any candles on it though.[?]


Tree for ID – 250312 – RK: Panama Candle? Would appreciate Bot & Common ID – Pics taken on 24-09-2009 at 3.45 pm.
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Very unusual and great snap. New for me.


Nice to see flowers on such an old trunk!!!


Keep up your close observations of the very interesting trees you are showing to us.
I am sure you will catch up the hanging candles from the tree within few days .
Here is one snap taken by me of a tree from Kolkata in Dec
Other character to watch for……..
Winged petiole of trifoliate leaves. Flowers arising directly on stem.

par-men-TEER-uh — named for French botanist Antoine Augustin ParmentierDave’s Botanary
ker-EE-fer-uh — bearing waxDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: candle tree
Native to: Panama; cultivated in tropics
References: Flowers of IndiaWikipediaNPGS / GRIN  
at Veermata Jeejabai Bhosale Udyan, Mumbai on 09 FEB 11


Interesting tree with isolated flowers emerging from wood.


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Bignoniaceae :: Parmentiera cereifera, Seem. <=> Candle Tree – bangalore – RA:  The Candle tree is a relative of the Calabash tree.  

The Candle Tree is a relative of the sausage tree, and is native to Central America.  
The tree produces thousands of 12-30 inch long, waxy skinned, green-yellow fruits resembling tapered candles.
Interestingly, the flowers emerge directly on the bark of the tree.  
The fruits and seeds of this tree are considered to be edible and are generally safe for human consumption.
It is also grown as an ornamental for its flowers and unusual appearance when the fruits are ripening. 

You have a really nice collection 


 

 

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Bignoniaceae Week :: Parmentiera cereifera : Candle Tree : Mumbai & Kandy : 080113 : AK:  sharing pictures of Candle Tree from Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai.

Pods look like Candles hanging.
The last picture shows many pods at Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Kandy, Sri Lanka.


this must be a sight to behold
thanks for showing the pods


For any nature lover, a visit to Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is a real treat.
We spent only a couple of hours there and then there were very heavy showers so we had to take shelter in a restaurant. I could see many trees around but could not go closer.
Anybody visiting this place, keep at least a couple of days. Otherwise you will miss out on a lot of trees & flora…like I did.


 

 

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Bignoniaceae week:    Here are the images of Parmentiera cereifera (Candle Tree)
from Veer Jijamata Bhosale Udyan Mumbai

Bot. name: Crescentia aculeata, (Family: Bignoniaceae).
Common Name: Candle Tree.
Location: Veer Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai
Dt: 03-01-2010.


Interesting location of flowers.


Update: Parmentiera aculeata (Kunth) Seem. is the accepted name for Crescentia aculeata Kunth as per TPL as well as GRIN.


Note: I just noticed that this plant has been identified as Parmentiera cereifera Seem. in an another thread. That confirms that we have only two (non-native) species of Crescentia in India.


  
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