Sunday, October 11, 2009

Pau Brasil

Pau Brasil (Caesalpinia eschinata) is probably the most famous of all the trees in Brazil. As a matter of fact, the country gets its name from this tree. It's not from the Amazon, but the Atlantic Forest. In previous posts I reported on history of Pau Brasil (Brazil wood), so I won't repeat the story. I came by three of the seedlings a few years ago. One died, but the other two are doing quite well in the area next to the Bosque Santa Lucia reception center. One of the trees has flowered time and again, but it never produced fruit until this year. Image, inflorescence of Pau Brasil. More coming.

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