Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Looking for a name IV

The tree that produced this leaf and pod is another unknown on my wish list for names in the world of tropical biodiversity. It isn't anything that would attract your attention but the red seedpod certainly is. What we see in the attached image is the pod in a dessicated form. While still on the tree, it opens up to disperse its seeds and then flattens out and doubles up as depicted. I've done some research in books and on the web trying to identify the species but it yet remains an unknown. If all fails, I'll have to contact Sr. Manuel, the botanical classifier, who did the one and only classification of trees at the Bosque. Refer to the "Botanical listing" label on this blog.

1 comment:

Robin Foster, The Field Museum, Chicago said...

(CAPPARACEAE) Capparis

genus that Capers come from.