Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Mucajá palm (Acrocomia aculeata), continued

The stump of a mucajá palm (Acrocomia aculeata) that was cut with a chain saw by the CELPA team when they were making way for the power line. I couldn't help looking inside as I walked by it the other day. I was surprised, first of all by the neat round hole, and secondly by the interesting array of fungi and unidentified nests, all intermingled in the fibers of the palm. Click on the image for an enlargement. Really quite interesting to see. The last time I looked inside, I was amazed to see it empty! Then I discovered that my zealous caretaker had removed all that good organic material for mulching of the newly planted palms in that area.

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