Wild cocoa (Herrania mariae)

The inflorescence of the Herrania is otherwordly beautiful and mysterious, and unlike any I have encountered. Of course there are countless beauties in the primary forest of Yasuni, but most are in the canopy. The wild cocoa has a different strategy that makes it so accessible to passers by like me – on the dark forest floor.

Wild cocoa (Herrania mariae)

This tree grows alongside the path to the clay lick – not far from the welcome centre of Napo Wildlife Center.

Wild cocoa (Herrania mariae)

Wild cocoa (Herrania mariae)

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