Friday, September 21, 2007

Leafless cedar trees

In the foreground you can see cedar trees (Cedrela odorata) without one leaf on them. These are trees which lose their leaves during the dry season and continue to be leafless until we get some substantial rain. The larger tree in the background is paricá (Acacia polyphylla), which is also leafless. It will soon be blooming, followed by new leaves. If the drought continues for a long time, it will drop its leaves again and go through the same cycle. In the upper right and lower left hand corners you can see African mahoganies (Kaya ivorensis) with a full set of clothes. I don't remember seeing these tress losing all their leaves at the same time.

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