Saturday, August 16, 2008

Rabo de arara

I broke this inflorescence off from a tangling mass of vegetation that included young trees and vines. I'm not sure whether it came from a tree, or a vine. There seem to be a number of plants and trees that produce these flashy flowers, all generically called rabo de arara, or macaw's tail. Some rabo de araras are red bracts (false leaves), as opposed to flowers. Some seem to be from the lauraceae family.


SAPhotographs said...

Very beautiful!!

Robin Foster, The Field Museum, Chicago said...


Probably a liana of the genus Dioclea.