Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Combretaceae - combretum
I found this single seedpod on a walking trail last week. It must have just fallen because it was fresh and colorful. I've seen the dried up version of these seedpods used as Christmas decorations at the BeloAlter Hotel in Alter do Chão. Robin Foster at the Field Museum, Chicago tells me that it from the Combretaceae family. The genus is combretum. Most species of this genus are lianas.