ZORRO CASPI_Tapura amazonica
A tree of zorro caspo
Other names: Fox fruit, motecillo, pau de bicho.,
Zorro caspi is a native is wild growing fruit commonly occurring in the Amazonian Brazil, Peru and Bolivia. It is believed to be a native of this part of the world only. This fruit is hardly known in the outside world.
Tree to 30 m tall, usually much smaller, the young branches fulvoustomentose, becoming glabrous with age.
Leaves elliptic to obovate-oblong or oblong, thickly coriaceous, 3−25 × 3−9 cm, obtuse to shortly acuminate at apex, the acumen 0−10 mm long, rounded to cuneate and often slightly unequal at base, usually plane rarely slightly bullate above, sparse to dense-hirsutulous beneath; midrib impressed above, prominent and pubescent when young beneath; primary veins 8−22 pairs, arcuate, anastomosing near margins; petioles 6−16 mm long, tomentose, canaliculate. Stipules triangular, 2−4 mm long, pubescent, subpersistent.
Leaves of zorro caspo
Flowers hermaphrodite, sessile or with short pedicels 0.25−2 mm long; borne in dense glomerules on upper portion of petioles; bracteoles 0.5−1 mm long, peristent,tomentose. Calyx 3.5−5.5 mm long, tomentose on exterior, the lobes unequal; corolla exceeding calyx lobes, with 2 larger bicucullate lobes and 3 smaller simple lobes, united at base into a very short tube, the tube glabrous on exterior, filled by a lanate mass of hair within. Fertile tamens 3, alternating with corolla lobes, and inserted at mouth of short corolla tube, 2 staminodes present. Ovary 3 locular with 2 ovules in each loculus, pilose on exterior. Style with a trifid apex, pubescent throughout.
Zorro caspo flowers
Fruit oblong-ellipsoid, to 3 cm long, unilocular or bilocular; epicarp shortly appressed velutinous pubescent; mesocarp 1−4 mm thick; endocarp thin, hard, bony, glabrous within.
Fruits of zorro caspo
Seed tan coloured, 1.8 cm long , 1 cm wide.
The fruits are edible, though they are seedy and does not have much pulp. These are sweet and tasty and it is generally sucked while eating the fruit.
This fruit can be multiplied by seed which germinates in 3-4 weeks. The seedlings can be planted in the field after 7-8 months. These seedlings do not take many years to come into bearing and start bearing fruits after these are 1.5 metres tall.