Friday, June 27, 2008

Fungi on manioc press

The two vertical pieces of wood are what remain of an old manioc press used by the former residents of the farm where Bosque Santa Lucia is located today. My wife and I bought the property in 1981, and I remember that our caretaker continued to used the press and other infrastructure for at least three years. So, I guess it's been about 25 years since the press was last used. The tree to the right, a pau mulato (Calycophyllum spruceanum), has grown up since that time. We can rest assured that those two pieces of wood are of some noble wood, maybe cumuru (Dipteryx odorate). Otherwise the termites would have eaten them up completely. No matter how noble we might be, fungi will get us us sooner or later.

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