This large, deciduous tree is native to South America. It can grow to over 35 metres tall and 80 centimetres in diameter and is believed to provide protection against evil spirits. The tree blooms and bears fruit simultaneously, producing exotic red flowers that smell like expensive perfume and that bloom for only one day.
The fruits resemble rusty cannonballs, they can be up to 20 centimetres in diameter and weigh several kilograms. They ripen for around nine months and then fall to the ground, often breaking open with a loud, explosive sound and exposing up to 200 or 300 seeds per fruit. When reacting with the air the fruit flesh turns bluish-green and smells unpleasant and fermented.
A fantastic specimen of this tree can be found at the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort and Spa on the island of Mahé.