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A thank you to wlcutler@Flickr, aka Wendy Cutler, for sharing today’s image of Triplaris cumingiana from her recent visit to Florida, where she visited Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Much thanks, Wendy!
Triplaris cumingiana, known commonly as long-john, is native to Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. As explained by Georgia Tasker on one of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden blogs (weblog article), it is also known as ant-tree, as the trunks are hollow and can be inhabited by stinging ants when growing in habitat. It seems the ant species associated with this tree, Pseudomyrmex triplaridis, was named after the genus.
Both male and female flowers are shown in Wendy’s photograph. The female (pistillate) flowers are the far showier ones, while a couple male (staminate) flowers are present near the top left of the image. A few side-by-side images of the male and female flowers, as well as many additional photographs of this species and a botanical description, are available via the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute: Triplaris cumingiana.
Botany and mathematics resource link: A continuation of the earlier Doodling in Math: Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant video from last month, here are part 2 and part 3, concluding the series from Vi Hart. And, using what you learned in the those 3 videos, you’ll quickly see why this was necessary: an Open Letter to Nickelodeon, re: SpongeBob’s Pineapple under the Sea.