Ouratea spectabilis

The protected areas of Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park is a treasure trove of plant species!

A very strange shape I think, and I wonder what has driven it to these shapes, and in particular the color inside! If you squeeze the fruit, or simply pass a ripe one, it will bleed an ink-like substance. I wonder what that is to the toner industry – an organic toner perhaps?

Unfortunately I found no specimen in bloom.

Native range is Bolivia and Brazil.

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Last updated on 15 April 2023