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COSTA RICA EXPEDITIONS

Photo by guest Allan Pristoop Sep 2000

Jungle flower
Naturalist guide Luis Torres with the flower of the Shaving Brush Tree (Pachira aquatica). Found from sea level to 1,100 meters, In Costa Rica, where the tree blooms from August to February, and the fruits are observed almost all year around, it is not used as a food source. In Honduras and parts of South America the young leaves and flowers are used as a vegetable and the nuts are eaten raw, roasted, or fried; or ground into flour for baking bread.

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