Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The Boat Fruit Tree

Tinker and I went for a trip upstream along the Duwamish river and we found this - one of the rarest trees in Lemuria. It's a boat fruit tree, and the natives of Duwamish Bay used to chop the fruit down like coconuts, scoop out the seeds and use the fruit for fishing boats. The fruits have a hard fibrous shell like a coconut that is completely watertight. This is nhow the boat fruit tree distributes its seed - the `boats' break off and float downstream where the seed scatters.
This may be the last boat fruit tree standing - it was surrounded by debris from the recent floods, so the boats couldn't break off from the trunk and launch. I cleared most of the debris and took some of the seeds downstream to scatter them. Hopefully this rare find will survive.


At 1:52 AM, Blogger Fran said...

O you think you could collect 13 boat leaves for me as I feel they would be a wonderful addition to the Donkeys saddle bags in case of emergency. We would not want to take more than enough and would be happy to have windfalls. The Secretary

At 4:26 AM, Blogger Gail Kavanagh said...

Glad to, Fran - I have a troupe of husky gypsy boys to call on and they will gladly bring the boats to you.

At 1:43 AM, Blogger Imogen Crest said...

Beautiful story and pic.

At 5:31 AM, Blogger Karen said...

What an incredible find, and such a clever tree, too! Did you say husky gypsy boys? (pitter-pat, pitter-pat)

At 9:29 PM, Blogger Believer said...

I imagine they're light as a feather to carry and must skim over the water beautifully. (The boat leaves, not the Gypsy boys.)


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