Simaba cedron Planch.

March 12, 2010

This non-branching tree, with a big crown of pinnate leaves, is not an infrequent sight around here. However, to come across a tree in flower, or fruit, is rather an event. Until a couple of days ago I’ve seen it twice in bloom and once with a couple of mature fruit. Finally, making my weekly trip to a nearby patch of the virgin forest (a rarity theses days, with Eucalyptus plantations replacing most of the tabuleiro forests in this area) I came across another tall tree with still immature fruit. The fruit is known in herbal medicine as ‘cedron’

My earlier images of its flowers and fruit have been used in Healthful Herbs (Thunder Bay Press, 2008), a reworking of Jethro Kloss’ classic Back to Eden.

A set of my images of the species is available on Flickr (