Hogplum

 
 

Hogplum, or yellow mombin, is native to Central  and South America. It  reaches a height of 80 feet, with a trunk 2.5 feet in diameter. The leaves are up to 1.5 feet long and have up to nineteen leaflets. Flowers are a quarter of an inch wide and are produced in large terminal inflorescences. Fruits are up to 1.5 inches long, very juicy, with a certain pineapple taste; in some places they are used to make juice, jelly, and ice cream. It flowers mainly during winter and spring, fruits mature mainly from summer to winter. The generic name derives means plum, in reference to the shape of the fruits. The author has been unable to determine the origin of the specific name.


The photographed tree is west of the Chemical Engineering Building. There are other trees south of the Biology Building, west of the Student Union, and west of Building B.

Spondias mombin (Anarcadiaceae)