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Irvingiaceae, Irvingia gabonensis – Gabon, Central West Africa

Irvingia is a genus of African and Southeast Asian trees. I. gabonensis, also known as wild mango, African mango, or bush mango, is the species depicted below, which I photographed […]

Sapindaceae, Melicoccus bijugatus, Mamoncillo, Spanish lime

Native to the Caribbean islands, Colombia, Venezuela, and parts of Central America, the Spanish Lime, (Mamoncillo, as it is more commonly called) is widely enjoyed throughout these regions, but practically […]

Bombacaceae, Pachira (Bombacopsis) glabra, Saba nut, American chestnut

Originating in Mexico, Guiana, and  northern Brazil, Pachira glabra is similar looking and closely related to Pachira aquatica, the Malabar chestnut. Despite its origins in America, I took most of […]

Arecaceae, Areca catechu, Betel nut, Paaku, Pinang, arequier (French), Betelnusspalme (German), avellana d’India (Italian)

Areca seeds are ingested as “betel”, a combination of leaves of Piper betle, slices of fresh seed and lime (to convert alkaloids to their freebase). Betel has been enjoyed for […]