Friday, June 01, 2007


The word urucurana is a combination of the words urucu (Bixia orellana, the so-called lipstick plant, reported on earlier) and rana, which means false. Thus, the false urucu tree, or urucu fruit. The genus is Sloanea and the family Elaeocarpaceae. Sorry, no species names available for now. The original classification was done by friends, Dr. Luiz Pedroso and his assistant, Sr. Manoel in 1990. I picked this sample from a tree on the edge of the woods next to the reception center at the Bosque earlier this week. Later in the season, I'll show you what the seed pod looks like after it dries out.

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