Description: Tree to 40 feet, with spreading branches and broad head; leaves nearly sessile, clustered at nodes, oblanceolate, to 6 inches long; flowers to 2 inches long, corolla yellowish with red or purple veins, lobes lacerate; fruit to 12 inches or more across, smooth, resembling a gourd.
The fruits are widely used as utensils and are used to make musical instruments - Maracas.
Uses: Medicinal Usage: Fruit considered aperient, laxative, expectorant. Also considered anthelmintic, analgesic, antiinflammatory, febrifuge, laxative. From: Philippine Alternative Medicine, http://www.stuartxchange.org/Cujete.html
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