Thursday, July 03, 2008

Green and yellow in the flag

With some graphical rearrangements, this leaf could be the Brazilian flag. Maybe that's the reason the tree is called Bandeirinha (little flag). It's a croton and originally from Asia, but I don't talk much about this fact because Brazilians are obviously proud of their colors. Most people plant this small tree in their yard and it does exceptionally well in these savanna soils. The more sun it gets, the more beautiful it becomes. I planted one at Bosque Santa Lucia. It does quite well during the dry season, but lacks luster during the rainy season. I've threatened to cut it down several times, but then the long hot summer season sets in and it pulls out of its slumber.

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