Have you ever heard of a tree called Artocarpus heterophyllus? And what about the Jackfruit tree? Artocarpus heterophyllus is a tropical tree from the Moraceae family.

The genus Artocarpus’s Latin name means “breadfruit”, and many of the plants in this genus are utilitarian plants. Among them, Artocarpus altilis the breadfruit tree is considered a staple food in many tropical regions due to its carbohydrate-rich fruit. 
The Jackfruit tree is cultivated and well distributed across the Tropical belt, although it probably originated from South-East Asia. In addition to its edible fruit, which is considered as the largest of all cultivated fruits, the tree is also used for wood-work and medicinal purposes.
In the Botanical Garden you can find a Jackfruit tree in the Many-Ellern utilitarian plant collection greenhouse. Its fruits are still small, no bigger than a fist, whereas in nature they can reach 35 kg and almost one meter in length.
The Jackfruit tree is located in the northern part of the greenhouse, in the middle of a flowerbed near other interesting trees such as the Teak tree (Tectonia grandis), Marula (Sclerocarya birrea) and Commiphora habessinica, a close relative of the species from which the oil of persimmon (oil of balsam) was produced.

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