Friday, June 01, 2007

Ubaia

The first time I saw the ubaia tree (Eugenia patrisii) and its fruit was in Mararu, a small creek-side community down the road from Santarém on the Curuá-Una Highway. When the kids were growing up, we used to visit Didi Macedo there on Sundays and his swimming pool was a big hit with everyone. Right next to the pool was a ubaia tree, which produced fruit as you see them in the attached image. I've had this photograph in my archives for some time but I'm certain that the fruit came from that tree. I planted some of these seeds at Bosque Santa Lúcia, the result being that I have a growing ubaia tree about 8 years old. It produced fruit for the first time this year and I'm certain that I ate them all. In the meanwhile, I discovered that there are a few fruit producing ubaia trees in the secondary forest of the Bosque. They don't produce fruit every year and the production is normally quite small, so it seems. It could be that forest animals are getting to the fruit first.

2 comments:

Rodrigo said...

Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.

Meanie Greenie said...

this is great, i love knowing about the biodiversity that you see everyday...is there anyway you could add, some of the medicinal properties if any of the people around you know them?