Saturday, May 24, 2008
An offshoot of an urucurana tree that was cut last year when we installed the electrical power line coming into the Bosque reception center. "Urucurana" is an indigenous word meaning the "false urucu". Those of you who have been to the Amazon will remember that urucu is the famed "lipstick" plant, Bixia orellana. Bixa in Latin means "red". The species, orellana, is named after Francisco Orellana, who was the first European to come down the Amazon River in 1541-1542.