Common name: Cannon Ball Tree
Kannada: Lingada mara, Nagalingam
Botanical name: Couroupita guianensis
Cannonball tree is a deciduous tree with a dense, oblong crown; it can grow from 8 – 30 metres tall. The cylindrical bole is 30 – 50cm in diameter.The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials. A very ornamental tree, especially when cloaked in flowers or the large fruits which are produced on the trunk.
The Cannonball Tree possesses antibiotic, antifungal, antiseptic and analgesic qualities.
The trees are used to cure colds and stomach aches. Juice made from the leaves is used to cure skin diseases.
The inside of the fruit can disinfect wounds and young leaves ease toothache.
The leaves have antibiotic, antifungal and antiseptic properties as well as bringing pain relief and are chewed to relieve toothache.