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Couroupita guianensis


Taxonavigation: Ericales 
Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Ordo: Ericales

Familia: Lecythidaceae
Subfamilia: Lecythidoideae
Genus: Couroupita
Species: C. guianensis – C. nicaraguarensis – C. subsessilis



Couroupita Aubl., Hist. Pl. Guiane 708. t. 282. 1775.


  • Heterotypic
    • Pontopidana Scop., Intr. Hist. Nat.: 195 (1777).
    • Pekea Juss., Gen. Pl.: 249 (1789), nom. illeg.
    • Elsholtzia Neck., Elem. Bot. 2: 256 (1790), opus utique oppr.



The following names are sometimes seen, all stated without evidence. †C. ovata – †C. santanderensis – †C. tertiaria


Native distribution areas:
  • Continental: Southern America
    • Regional:Western South America
      • Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru
    • Regional:Brazil
      • Brazil North
    • Regional:Northern South America
      • Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela
    • Regional:Central America
      • Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panamá
    • Introduced into:
      • Andaman Is., Bangladesh, Brazil Southeast, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Florida, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Leeward Is., Marshall Is., Nicobar Is., Puerto Rico, Trinidad-Tobago, Windward Is.

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition



Primary references


Additional references

  • Berry, E.W. 1936. Miocene plants from Colombia, South America. Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 63(2):53-66.
  • Farr, E. R. & Zijlstra, G. eds. (1996-) Index Nominum Genericorum (Plantarum). 2009 Oct 01 [1].
  • Hollick, A. and E. W. Berry 1924. A Late Tertiary flora from Bahia, Brazil. The Johns Hopkins University Studies in Geology 5:11-137.
  • Paleobiology Database. Accessed 2009 Nov 02 [2].

Vernacular names

suomi: Kuulapuut
hornjoserbsce: Kanonowc
русский: Курупита
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