Archive for 'Fruit'

Socotra plant 25

A most peculiar plant! I only found this plant with fresh flowers, but unfortunately not with open flowers yet. I found it in very steep terrain close to the top of Skant (Skand). Here the goats seemed to have been unable to destroy the vegetation, so it was exceptionally dense and varied. Could it be […]

Socotra bottle tree (Adenium obesum ssp. socotranum)

Many species of plants on Socotra have evolved seed pods like this, and I don’t know why this is a design preferable here, as the content is dispersed by wind in any case.

Caralluma socotrana

During my 14 day stay on Socotra I only found this plant with a seed pod. And in what an exquisite state! The pod has just opened, and the seeds are yet to be dispersed by the wind. Timing is everything, but I think luck is a great part as well 😉

Socotra plant 16

I don’t know the color of the ripe fruit, but this one was swollen and seemed to be nearing it’s final stages for seed dispersal. The early stage of the fruit. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Socotra plant 15

I found this species on dry riverbeds. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Euphorbia arbuscula

The mature specimens are gorgeous trees that provide shade from the scorching sun, as the dense crown has no leaves to shed. The tree bleeds a white substance when cut. As with many other endemic species on Socotra, this one survives the hardest of droughts, and even blossoms in the dry season. I visited during […]

Indigofera nephrocarpa

A comma-shaped and hairy seed pod.

Pergularia tomentosa

Very distinct seed pods! In fact everything about this plant is unmistakable – there is no need for flowers, or even seedpods to identify it.

Senna holosericea

Quite common on lower levels, and here around the Detwah lagoon I found it widespread around the campground. Goats leave these, and most of the pea family alone, so I found them in bloom and with fruit, despite lots of goats in this nature reserve.

Withania adunensis

Fruit turns red when ripe. Endemic.

Jatropha unicostata

A very common tree in lower levels of Socotra which in places make widespread forests. On my trip I found these trees in full bloom here along the Detwah lagoon, whilst on other sides of the island the trees were with yellow leaves like autumn, and yet other areas completely without leaves or flowers. The […]

Cissus subaphylla

I found none is bloom, only fruits not ripe yet.

Leonia crassa

This is a very peculiar tree – full of fruits growing from the trunk, not the tip of the branches. I only encountered this tree, which stands in the garden of the Amazon Research and Conservation Center (ARCC).

ARCC plant 02

Fruit on a vine in the gloom of the forest floor in the forest of the Amazon Research and Conservation Center. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Caryocar brasiliense

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! This is one of the tallest of the trees here, and during my visit they were all in fruit. Popular names: Pequi or souari nut

Chapada dos Guimaraes plant 22 (Passiflora sp)

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! Many of the fruits are edible and even very sweet, including Passifloras. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Chapada dos Guimaraes plant 16 (Passiflora sp)

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Dalechampia sp

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! Please help me identify it 🙂

Chapada dos Guimaraes plant 15

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! The number of plant species is enormous, and I am really saddened by the fact that perhaps 90% of the cerrado has been destroyed. A very strange strange shape […]

Chapada dos Guimaraes plant 07

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species, and I was like a kid in a candy store! Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Justicia laevilinguis

This is a species I found sporadically in the fields around SouthWild Pantanal.

Pantanal plant 48

I encountered many species in the Fabaceae family in Pantanal, perhaps more than any other place I’ve visited, and the land around SouthWild Pantanal was rich with flowering plants.

Stinking passionflower (Passiflora foetida)

Very similar to the species found on the Galapagos – Galápagos passion flower (Passiflora foetida galapagensis) The resin is impossible for leaf eating insects to traverse, or at least so unpleasant the insect will turn back. This is an efficient pesticide, but when the flower has opened, it is free of such defenses, and can […]

Sticky Nightshade (Solanum sisymbriifolium)

Looks edible and tempting – is it? This plant was growing on the side of Cuiaba river – very close to the water, and will likely be submerge in the coming weeks. Also called Fire-and-Ice plant, Litchi Tomato, or Morelle de Balbis.

Galium humile

This is the second species of galium I encountered on the plateau of Itatiaia National Park and it was also in fruit, opposed to the other species. Altitude: 2460 metres.

Berberis glazioviana

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Solanum acerifolium

My last day at Pousada Xaraés, and finally some rain! Not torrential, but at least sufficient to get the ground wet and muddy in some places. As I’m soon to leave, I stay close to the buildings and find lots of plant species new to me.

Pantanal plant 26

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

The fruit of the Acuri palm (Attalea butyracea) is important food for a number of Pantanal bird and mammal species, and here one adult capybara of a family of several youngsters enjoys the ripe (yellow) fruits. It appears the husk is what they prefer, as none of the nuts were cracked open. The capybara should […]

Indigofera sabulicola

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Stingray Vine (Cissus spinosa)

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. This species was climbing on the vegetation bordering the forested islands, and sometimes also the fences of Pousada Xaraés. It also grows alongside rivers, and sometimes grows to dense carpets […]

Centrosema brasilianum

The soil on this part of Pantanal (between Corumbá and Miranda) is in many places fine sand – just like a desert or a beach. Just after a couple of hundred metres on the private road leading to Pousada Xaraés you’ll encounter the deep sand – only passable by large trucks and 4x4s. It was […]

Acuri palm (Attalea butyracea)

These nuts are irresistible to the cattle as well as the hyacinth macaws. The cattle like the husk surrounding the nut, and their digestive system is unable to process the hard shell and passes undamaged through it all and end up on the ground where the hyacinth macaws pick them up and crack them open […]

Amaryllis 01

There are many islands densely forested in this part of Pantanal and with a different flora than that of the fields flooded in the rainy season. They are just 2-3 metres higher than the surrounding fields and during the dry season they don’t appear to be islands other than of a different kind of vegetation. […]

Adesmia sp

Grows on the slopes of the Cerro Tunupa. Altitude: 3989 metres.

Baccharis tola

A few weeks earlier and I would have seen all this as flowers – a beautiful sight I imagine. This species seems abundant here, and is undoubtedly able to spread far and wide with the wind. The amount of seeds per plant is staggering, and sometimes so many are released that it looks like smoke […]

Cactus (Cumulopuntia boliviana)

When the flower is gone, the remaining part is well protected from being reached, so what species is the fruit aimed at? Only insects and small rodents will reach the fruit unharmed, so perhaps that’s it? Altitude: 4004 metres.

Yanacocha plant 08 (Geranium sp)

Altitude 3400 metres.

Yanacocha thistle (Cirsium sp)

Altitude 3400 metres.

Wild cocoa (Herrania mariae)

The fruit starts off in an upright position, and as it matures, and the weight increases, gravity will eventually win and drag it to a hanging position. This tree had no mature fruits – perhaps someone had picked them for personal consumption?

Wild mango (Grias neuberthii)

I wonder what this wild mango fruit tastes like compared to the cultivated varieties. I for one am certain the fruit and the tree itself contains properties one could only dream of in the cultivated ones. Unfortunately I don’t speak Spanish, so I was unable to ask the Añangu people what they use it for.

Galápagos passion flower (Passiflora foetida galapagensis)

The sticky petals will make a very unpleasant trip for any insects wanting to eat or lay eggs on the ripening fruit.

Desmodium campyloclados

Altitude 2112 metres.

Solanum quitoense

The fruit is edible and I have had many naranjilla smoothies in Ecuador – one of my favourites! Altitude 2111 metres.

San Isidro plant 03 (Clusia sp?)

A fruit that looks like a flower! I wonder what the flowers look like and what creatures are dispersing the small seeds. There is little food for larger animals like birds, but perhaps this is for the ants? Altitude 2070 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Guango Lodge plant 01

Altitude 2700 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Shanshi (Coriaria thymifolia)

Grows widespread in high altitudes, and I saw it in all stages from pre-bloom to ripe fruits like here. Looks like licorice, but don’t be fooled! The berries are toxic to cattle and hallucinogenic to humans. Supposedly one of the experiences is the feeling of flying or floating! Better stay firmly on the ground then, […]

Brugmansia sanguinea

Looks like a wild mango, but it’s far from it! Altitude 3083 metres.

Cayambe Coca plant 18

Altitude 3720 metres Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Tristerix longibracteata

Altitude 3720 metres

Monnina crassifolia?

Altitude 3720 metres Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Nertera granadensis

Common and easy to find when bearing fruits. Altitude 3450 metres.

Pernettya prostrata

One of very few purple fruits. Altitude 3450 metres.

Aetanthus nodosus

Looks edible and tempting – but are they? First of all red here is not ripe – black is! Should I trust black berries from a plant that is parasitic? Then again a parasite might offer chemicals not much different than that of the host. Altitude 3450 metres.

Cleome anomala

Altitude 3083 metres.

Yanacocha plant 01 (Rubus sp)

This is a small raspberry-like plant at 3500 meter elevation in the Yanacocha reserve just northwest of Quito. Not yet ripe, so I didn’t pick to taste. Wonder what it tastes like when it’s soft and ripe?