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Photo by Meena Singh.


The little caudex on my plant.

Author: Carl Ernst Otto Kuntze, 1898
Family:  CARICACEAR
Origin:  Mid South America
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  70 centimetres
Height:  2 meters
Flower:  Green/White
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Jacaratia hassleriana Chodat, 1903. Jacaratia heptaphylla fa. inermis Kuntze, 1898

This member of the Caricaceae family was described by Carl Ernst Otto Kuntze in 1898. It is found in Bolivia, Paraguay, Northern Argentina and Brazil. It does fine in well-drained soil or grit with some water and some sun. The root will get 70 centimetres in diameter, the stem reaches for 2 meters. The flowers are greenish white, and it can be reproduced both by cuttings and seeds.

It is dioecious, the seeds are 5 centimetres, pinkish and green striped, until they ripen in yellow. The fruit is edible cooked, the root  raw.

The genera name is most likely from the vermicular Brazilian name for one of the species. The species name for the occurrence at Corumba in Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil.


It seems to maintain its caudex. Photo from Imbuzeiro.blogspot.com.


Male flower.


From Botanical Garden in Copenhagen.