Pourouma cecropiifolia is a species of Pourouma, native to tropical South America, in the western Amazon Basin in northern Bolivia, western Brazil, southeastern Colombia, eastern Ecuador, eastern Peru, and southern Venezuela.Germplasm Resources Information Network: Pourouma cecropiifolia
It is a medium-sized evergreen tree growing to 20 m tall. The leaves are palmately compound, with 911 leaflets 1020 cm long and 2.54 cm broad, on a 20 cm petiole. The flowers are white, produced 20 or more together in a 10 cm long inflorescence; it is dioecious, with male and female flowers on separate trees. The fruit is ovoid, 12 cm long, purple when ripe, grape-like except for its wintergreen smell; the skin is rough, inedible but easily peeled.Huxley, A., ed. (1992). New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. Macmillan ISBN 0-333-47494-5.
The fruit is sweet and juicy, eaten fresh and made into jams. The tree grows quickly, and grows well in poor upland soils. It is vulnerable to floods. The fruit is susceptible to fungal attacks and does not keep well, which limits its commercial viability.
Pourouma cecropiaefolia (Purdue University)
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