July 16, 2012 / Nature / 0 comments
Watch out for falling cannonballs. What you are about to see is a cannonball tree. They only grow in the Caribbean and if you are hit by one of its falling cannon balls you can die. Couroupita guianensis, whose common names include Ayahuma and the Cannonball Tree, is an evergreen tree allied to the Brazil Nut (Bertholletia excelsa), and is native to tropical northern South America and to the southern Caribbean. In India it has been growing for the past two or three thousand years at least, as attested by textual records hence it is possible that it is native to India also. It’s rare, but also found in Bangladesh. Take a look. Enjoy.