Durio zibethinus L.

Sub-Family: Not available
English Name: Durian
Synonym: Durio acuminatissimus Merr. 
Common Name: Civet fruit tree
Flowering & Fruiting Period: February-June
Distribution: Cultivated in India, Native of Malay Peninsula
Habitat: Occasionally grown for the edible fruits
Uses: Fruit edible - raw or cooked. The ripening fruit produces a strongly unpleasant aroma, but the flesh has a delicious flavor. Seed - cooked. Boiled or roasted and eaten as nuts. The fruit is used as an aphrodisiac. The wood and dried fruit rind are used as a fuel.
Key Characteristics: Tree to 20-36 m tall, the trunk straight, the bark grey, smooth. Leaves narrowly elliptic, rounded at the base, the margins somewhat undulated. Flowers with the pedicels thick; epicalyx short-tubular; calyx oblong-tubular, scarcely swollen and rounded at the base; staminal tube white at the base and at the apex, reddish in the middle, longer than the calyx; ovary densely white-lepidote, the cells 2-ovulate; style long-exserted, the stigma orange. Capsule globular, completely dehiscent on the tree, the spines conical; seeds 1-5, chestnut-like, the testa brown and shining.