Pangium edule (Duhrien)

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Photos taken in Madolehnihmw near Pohnauleng, Senpehn.

1. Genus:Pangium edule


3.Chuukese name: Durien

4.English name:Football fruit

5.Kosraen name: Unknown

6. Pohnpeian name:Duhrien

7. Yapese name: Unknown

8. Growth form: Tree

9. Growth location: Terretial

10. Growth environment: Forest, the plants likes a slightly acidic place with a little shade to grow.

11. Growth zone: Tropics

12. Average height: often over 40m

13. Stem: woody

14. Leaf arrangement: Alternate, spiral at the end of branch

15. Stipule: absent

16. Petiole: 4inches

17. Leaf blade: cordate, glossy when the tree is mature,usually have fivepoints, it has lines or veins

18. Inflorescence: not closely observed

19. Floral bracts:not available when picture taken

20. Flower:Large and greenish(some say it is white, blooms like the papaya flower)

21. Calyx:not observed

22. Corolla:not observed

23. Stamens:not observed

24. Ovary:not observed

25. Style:not available for observation

26. Fruit: Size and shape of a football,exterior color is brown and rough to the touch, inner skin is pale-yellow to white. The plant grows rapidly in the initial years and can bear fruit after 10-15 years depending on the soil type.

27. Seed: Flat and grayish-brown, ~2inches long, and very poisonous

28. Anything else: The leaves and other parts of the tree contains poison. The flesh of the fruit has a strong aroma and some people compare to smell and taste of durian. The fruit is normally eaten when the skin is soft to the touch.

29.Cultural usage: The fruits are bat and rat food, it is edible to humans, and it is also a good food for bigs. It also has some medical uses.

Collected by: Loveleen James, Fall 2000.

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