Higuero de sierra


Higuero de sierra is endemic to southwest Puerto Rico, where it is generally found near rivers. Although it frequently grows as a creeping plant, it can grow erect and can reach a height of 20 feet, with several trunks 3 inches in diameter. The leaves are up to 6 inches long, shiny, and are generally grouped in nodes along the branch. Flowers are up to 1.5 inches long and develop directly on the stems. The fruit is up to 4 inches long, with a hard skin and whitish, inedible pulp. It flowers and produces fruit throughout the year. The generic name honors the Italian agronomist Pietro Crescenzi (c.1233-c.1321). The species name refers to its geographic origin.

The photographed specimen is west of the Chardón Building and is the only member of the species in the campus. It was planted by Carlos Figueroa before 1990. Near this specimen there are two other calabash trees, apparently hybrids between C. cujete and other species.

Crescentia portoricensis (Bignoniaceae)