History of the Coconut Palm in America Volume . 14

History of the Coconut Palm in America Volume . 14

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...red or yellow fruits serve as an important article of diet among the natives of a vast region along the eastern slopes of the Andes, from Brazil and Peru through Ecuador, Venezuela, and Colombia, and even beyond the Isthmus of Panama in the Central American Republic of Costa Rica. The peach palm appears to be as thoroughly domesticated among the Indians of South America as the date palm among the Arabs. Several botanical explorers of South America have described this palm and its importance among the Indians. The following extract from Alfred Russel Wallace's "Palm Trees of the Amazon" shows its status in the interior districts of Brazil: The fruit is about the size of an apricot, of a triangular oval shape, and fine reddishyellow colour. In most instances the seed is abortive, the whole fruit being a farinaceous mass. Occasionally, however, fruits are found containing the perfect stony seed, and they are then nearly double the usual size. This production of undeveloped Peach Palms (guilielma Speciosa) In Costa Rica. A relativeof the coconut, domesticated in South America. Photograph taken at the coffeeestate of Seflor Federico Tinoco, Juan Villas. Peach Palm (guilielma Speciosa) With Fruit And Seed. Specimens from the cacao estate of Mr. Leon G. Laprade, Rio Hondo, Costa Rica. The small photograph of an adult tree with fruit clusters was made at San Juan, Costa Rica. (Details natural size.) fruits may be partly due to change of soil and climate, for the tree is not found wild in the Amazon district, but is invariably planted near the Indians' houses. In their villages many hundreds of these trees may often be seen, adding to the beauty of the landscape, and supplying the inhabitants with an abundance of wholesome food. In fact it here...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236560019
  • 9781236560018