I’m reposting some articles and photos from this site’s early archives. In my recent transfer to a self hosted site I lost a number of photos on random posts throughout some […]
Below are some photos I just took of Sterculia africana (Syn. Triphaea africana), also known as Qawureta (Konsogna), Mopopaja tree, and African Star Chestnut. The Sterculiaceae (Malvaceae, Bombacaceae) family is […]
I found this large Cola tree in a small neighborhood/village at the edge of Libreville. I’m pretty sure it’s C. acuminata. Here is a previous entry on Cola nitida, which […]
Below are some photos of a Cola species I came across with some friends while hiking in the forest outside of Libreville, Gabon. I have not yet been able to […]
This Sterculia spp. looks similar to S. foetida. although I think its something else. Grows in dry tropical Vietnam. Locals eat the seed and apparently bleed and drink the sap. […]
See previous post for more on this species.
An interesting Cola species native to Central West Africa. I took these photos in Gabon. Here are some previous posts related to Sterculiaceae / Cola spp. Click photos to enlarge.
Herrania purpurea is a close relative of Cacao (Theobroma cacao), and is endemic to Costa Rica and Panama. Increasingly rare in the wild, I have collected it in the dry […]
Follow link for more photos of S. apetala.
There’s a lot that can be said about this species. Some of the latin synonyms are: Cacao guianensis Aubl., Cacao minus Gaertn., Cacao sativa Aubl., Theobroma caribaea Sweet, Theobroma interregima Stokes, […]
The seeds, or nuts, of Cola have been chewed since ancient times in West Africa for their stimulant properties. C. acuminata is indigenous to Congo, Nigeria, and Gabon, while C. […]
Pseudobombax ellipticum, known in English as Shaving Brush tree (in reference to the flower) is native to Mexico and Central America where it is referred to variously as Acoque, amapola, árbol de […]
To all loyal readers who may have wondered over the past few months… where is Anthropogen? his posts have been on the wane… Please excuse my extended absence, my wife […]
Here’s a recent, relatively brief but interesting and thorough article on the Medicinal and Ritualistic Uses of Chocolate in Mesoamerica. For a more in-depth read on the subject, I’ll recommend […]