The 20–30 cm long seed pod is greenish purple, leathery, and spongy. It is smooth and nearly cylindrical, with constrictions between the 1–10 large, light-brown, glossy seeds (each 2.5–3.5 cm in diameter).
Horticultural Varieties. None.
Daylength. Basul's requirements are unknown, but other members of the genus set seed to the limits of the subtropics.
Rainfall. 450–1,800 mm.
Altitude. Generally grown between 1,800 and 2,200 m in the central Andes; between 1,100 and 2,700 m in Colombia.
Low Temperature. Unknown, but probably about 5°C.
High Temperature. Unknown.
Soil Types. Apparently widely adaptable.
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