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A very close look at Red Umbrella Tree Seeds and the bright yellow dotted lines that surround them | by jungle mama
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A very close look at Red Umbrella Tree Seeds and the bright yellow dotted lines that surround them

Explore Jun 23, 2009 #68

 

Schefflera trees grow rapidly here in South Florida... from house-plant size to giant trees with huge umbrella-like leaves, in only a few years.

 

Once mature, they produce huge sprays of seeds which I have only seen 20 or 30 feet in the air. Today we had a violent wind and rain storm and one of the seed sprays broke off and fell to the ground. For the first time, I got a very close look at these brilliant red seeds... and their surrounding bright yellow dotted lines!

 

These seeds are favorites of the flocks of wild green parrots that scream through our neighborhood and then suddenly and silently land in a tree. Hundreds disappear in an instant... camouflaged so they can safely feast on these glorious red seeds.

 

See my sets, Living in a Jungle and Luscious Leaves, Fruits and Seeds.

 

Schefflera actinophylla

www.susanfordcollins.com

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Taken on June 19, 2009