Saturday, June 07, 2008
Somebody has been eating mumbaca fruit ... and it was probably a monkey! I took this picture below the palm shown in the previous post. All that's left are the star-like skins of the fruit (Astrocaryum gynacanthum). I've never figured out how the monkeys make their way through the forest of long sharp thorns on the palm, but they do. Note the bare ground. In part it's because it's a walking trail and in part because the hungry forest has devoured the litter left last summer by falling leaves and other debris. When the dry season begins in a few weeks, the floor of the forest will be replenished with new food for another year.