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Sapindaceae, unknown species

January 23, 2009

Just when I think I’ve found and collected all significant species from the semi-abandoned collection at the Panama City municipal botanical garden, I discover something else. On my last visit I found this tree (see below) fruiting. Lamentably, I neglected to get a photo of the ripe fruit, which is a purple version of the green fruit featured below. I ate a few of the ripe fruits. I won’t say they’re excellent, but they do appear to be edible. The closet thing I could relate the tree to is Caimito, althoug much smaller, but exudes a similar white latex. The edible portion is semi-translucent, also like Caimito. The bark was of a different texture.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. layperson permalink
    February 14, 2009 10:08:25 pm

    Beautiful and interesting. But it all seems so selective.

  2. February 14, 2009 10:08:58 pm

    Yes, highly selective… What isn’t selective?

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