Monday, September 14, 2009

Colors of Inga

The contrast in colors of these new inga leaves is impressive. Both red and green are new leaves, but the red is the newer of the two. In the background you can see some older green leaves. Botanist explain that the color trick is to distract leaf eating insects, which are more turned on to green. Within a few days the red leaves will be green too. By then they will have hardened up a bit.

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