Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Yvapurũ

Remember the funky tree in my backyard? Well I found out it is officially called Jabuticaba. Its common name is Brazilian Grape Tree, and it's Guarani name is yvapurũ.

This is what I found out about this tree: It is a very unusual tree native to Brazil whose fruits are formed directly on the trunk and branches. The grape tasting fruit has a thin astringent purplish black skin, with a sweet white fleshy pulp and can be eaten fresh or be used to make jellies and drinks (plain juice or wine).

Up to four times a year small yellow-white flowers followed by the fruit dramatically emerge directly from the trunks, limbs and large branches.
Traditionally, the sun-dried skins have been used as a treatment for asthma, diarrhea, and gargled for chronic inflammation of the tonsils. So now we know!
(These pictures are from wikipedia and internet)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Yellow Lapachos

The yellow lapachos were a little disappointing this year.
The blooms didn't even last a week.

I'm hoping that there are some late bloomers out there that I can get a photo of.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Tree in my backyard update

This is what the funky tree in my backyard looks like now.
The fruit is growing right on the trunk, pretty cool.
Can't wait to see how it turns out.
Still haven't found out what its called yet either. Anybody know?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Really cool tree in my backyard

There is a really cool tree growing in my back yard. It has these fuzzy white things growing all over the branches. I thought maybe it was a fungus or something.

Upon closer inspection I realized that they are little flowers.

I think these little flowers are going to turn into some kind of fruit.

I'm going to find out what its called and get back to you when I have more pics to show you.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Almost Spring

Its almost spring in the southern hemisphere and flowers are just popping up everywhere.

I took these picture in my yard.

Orchids are one of my favorite flowers and they just grow right on the side of a tree.
They grow so well because Paraguay is like a regular hot-house.

This particular variety of orchid is called "ojo de suegra", mother-in-law's eyes.