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Pourouma is a genus of at least 20–25 species of flowering plants in the family Urticaceae, or alternately, the Cecropiaceae, native to tropical regions of Central and South America.[1][2]

Pourouma guianensis leaf.jpg
Pourouma guianensis leaf
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Urticaceae
Genus: Pourouma

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The species are trees growing to 20 m tall. The leaves are spirally arranged, palmately veined, with an entire margin. They are dioecious, with male and female flowers on separate trees. The fruit is fleshy.[2]

Selected species


  1. ^ Germplasm Resources Information Network: Pourouma
  2. ^ a b Huxley, A., ed. (1992). New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. Macmillan ISBN 0-333-47494-5.
  3. ^ a b c Berg, C. C. and F. Kooy. (1982). Three new species of Pourouma (Cecropiaceae) of the Guiana region. Brittonia 34(1) 36-41.
  4. ^ a b Berg, C. C. (2004). Two new species of Pourouma (Cecropiaceae) from South America. Brittonia 56(3) 255-59.
  5. ^ Berg, C. C. (1990). New species of Coussapoa and Pourouma (Cecropiaceae). Brittonia 42(1) 59-65.