Grows on the slopes of the Cerro Tunupa. Please help me identify it – leave a comment Altitude: 3989 metres.
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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 [...]
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.
Altitude 3400 metres.
Altitude 3400 metres.
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?
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.
The sticky petals will make a very unpleasant trip for any insects wanting to eat or lay eggs on the ripening fruit.
Altitude 2112 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment
The fruit is edible and I have had many naranjilla smoothies in Ecuador – one of my favourites! Altitude 2111 metres.
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
Altitude 2700 metres. Please help me classify it – leave a comment
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, [...]
Looks like a wild mango, but it’s far from it! Altitude 3083 metres.
Altitude 3720 metres Please help me classify it – leave a comment
Altitude 3720 metres
Altitude 3720 metres Please help me identify it – leave a comment
Common and easy to find when bearing fruits. Altitude 3450 metres.
One of very few purple fruits. Please help me classify it – leave a comment Altitude 3450 metres.
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.
Altitude 3083 metres.
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?
Not only was this plant in bloom, but it was also growing fruit. What color is it when ripe?
Perhaps the only plant on Roraima that grows to the size of a tree. It’s host to a variety of vegetation and perhaps the most conspicuous is the epiphytic bromeliad Tillandsii turneri. Some rugosums are so overgrown with moss and lichen that the girth of the trunk and branches seems hugely oversized. I wonder who [...]
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This is the only seed pod I found while on Roraima and it’s ripe and ready to open and disperse the seeds. All the other plants were in bloom, with no pods present.
It’s a small bush that produces these incredibly colored fruits that grows alongside the path to Roraima. Please help me classify it – leave a comment
Native to Anaa and grows widespread here. I found none in bloom the few hours I was on Anaa, but my host put the flowers to scent the bathroom, so they were still in bloom a few places.
When this fruit is ripe it turns white and smelly – some therefore call it cheese fruit! It’s rich in carbohydrates and fiber. Both ants and humans alike find it edible. Juice is also made from it.