Sunday, October 3, 2010

Trees (5)

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Neem, a tree whose oils can be used to combat diseases of cocoa. Issia, Côte d'Ivoire, 2008.

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Iroko. Sign says: "very large tree that can be higher than 120 feet. Sacred to the Bété people. Hard wood that insects avoid. Highly prized. Grey, stony bark. Fruits are similar to green raspberries, ripe in March. Found throughout tropical Africa. Leaves, flowers and fruits are eaten by chimpanzees."

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Pouo. Middle sized tree, from 30 to 45 feet in height. Grey, rough bark. Simple, tough leaves that are arranged opposite. Flowers appear from November through January. Highly aromatic. Fruits contain a cottony substance with many small seeds, liberated by the wind. Found in humid forests. The wood is used to make matchsticks.

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Ilomba: Pycanthus angolensis. Large tree that can grow to 120 feet. Bark very stony, grey beige.Compound flowers with green tips. Fruits are fat, rose beans containing several seeds. Distribution is from Sen egal to Nigeria.

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Calabash tree. You can draw on the smooth skins of the fruit.

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