Friday, June 01, 2007
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.