The fruit trees of Lancetilla and other useful species

The assorted Asian collection of fruit trees is probably the most complete in Tropical America. Many of the fruit trees are extremely rare and many of them were obatined directly from their country of origin in distant Asia. Therefore Lancetilla is of particular interest as a source of varieties improved for their dissemination in the region of the Caribbean. The Durian (Durio zibethinus) is one of those fruits considered to be most offensive by its disagreeable scent. It has in addition, other exotic fruits like the Rambután (Nephelium lappaceum), the Pulasán (Nephelium ramboutan-ake), the Langsat (Lansium domesticum) and the Litchi (Litchi chinensis) (this last one is proclaimed by the Chinese to be similar to one of the four best fruits cultivated in China). Almost all the mango grafts of high quality in Central America come from mangos imported and propagated in Lancetilla.

The Mangostín ( Garcinia mangostana) is another Asian fruit coming from the Southeast of Asia. At Lancetilla there is a 3.4 hectare plantation. It is the largest plantation of this fruit in the Western Hemishpere.

Other species that exist in a high variety in the Botanical Garden:


Anacardium occidentale Cashew-nut
Artocarpus  altilis Bread fruit
Artocarpus heterophyllus Jackfruit
Averrhoa carambola Carambola, Star Fruit
Bixa orellana Bixa
Borojoa patinoi Borojoa
Citrus aurantifolia            Limón
Citrus paradisi Toronja
Citrus reticulata Mandarin
Citrus sinensis Naranja (dulce)
Cola acuminata Nuez de Cola
Dimocarpus longan Longan
Eugenia malacensis Manzana de agua
Eugenia stipitata Araza
Fortunella spec. Kumquats
Garcinia tinctoria  
Myristica fragrans Nuez de Moscada
Morinda citrifolia  
Stelechocarpus burahol Keppel Fruit
Theobroma cacao Cacao