Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sausages Grow On Tree

I took me a while, but I finally found a tree bearing fruits to show you. I was watching a sausage tree here for quite a few years, but it never fruited. An excellent document of this tree, a Kigelia africana, is here. Reading this page to learn why it is very difficult to see fruits on the sausage tree in Florida. Native pollinators of this tree are the fruit bats. Apparently they cannot be found in Florida. Do not despair... because alternative pollinators exist: the native Red Bellied Woodpecker or the Spot Breasted Oriole. They visit the flowers at night searching for insects that are attracted by the pollen of the flowers and as a result, these special birds that must have heads with the right size can make sausages out of nothing. Amazing, isn't it? If you want to have free beer, get a few of these sausages and make yourself a brew you will not soon to forget. Don't neglect to consult with learned alchemists before doing so because these fruits are poisonous.
Sausage On Tree

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