Thursday, June 12, 2008
The plant in the attached image is beautiful, but a poisonous one. It's called Mata vaca, which translates into "kill the cow". According to local lore, a few of these leaves will kill a cow deader than you know what. Ranchers have nightmares visualizing this one in their pasture lands. The family is Rubiaceae and the genus Psychotria. We have lots of these plants at Bosque Santa Lucia, but no cattle. Smile.