Saturday, May 19, 2007
In the attached image off to the left you can see an immature fruit of the tatajuba tree and rotting ones to the right. Tatajuba trees (Bagassa guianensis) get to be very large trees growing to heights of 40-50 meters and they are capable of producing loads of fruit. I suppose they are edible but I've never known anyone to collect them for food. For seeds, yes. I love tatajuba fruit because they attract the large blue morpho butterflies belonging to the genus Morpho. Several species are found at the Bosque, including the iridescent blue ones. On a bright sunny day I keep a close look at the trail ahead of me when nearing a tatajuba tree. Nothing is more exciting than seeing several morphos feasting on fermented tatajuba fruits.