Bombacopsis Quinatum, Tree
A huge, thick tree found in Charco Verde on Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua.
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The View Looking Straight Up
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Bombacopsis Quinatum Bombacaceae Tree
aka Pachira quinata, locally Pochote
Charco Verde region, of Ometepe Island, Lake Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 4 Feburary 2012)
(Photo taken 11:52:32 Saturday 19 November 2011)
© 2012 Bryan Costales
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The view looking straight up alongside the trunk. If it were not for the thorns, this would make a great climbing tree.


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Where The Trunk Met The Ground
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Bombacopsis Quinatum Bombacaceae Tree
aka Pachira quinata, locally Pochote
Charco Verde region, of Ometepe Island, Lake Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 4 Feburary 2012)
(Photo taken 11:51:17 Saturday 19 November 2011)
© 2012 Bryan Costales
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#B12_1949


The massive trunk of this large tree looked ordinary where it met, and then entered the ground. Or if you prefer, where it emerged from the ground.


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The Trunk Covered In Small Thorns
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Bombacopsis Quinatum Bombacaceae Tree
aka Pachira quinata, locally Pochote
Charco Verde region, of Ometepe Island, Lake Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 4 Feburary 2012)
(Photo taken 11:51:25 Saturday 19 November 2011)
© 2012 Bryan Costales
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#B12_1950


The trunk of this tree appeared smooth from a distance, but up close its trunk was covered in small thorns. Here the thorns were about the same size as rose thorns.


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Lower Branches Continued The Look
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Bombacopsis Quinatum Bombacaceae Tree
aka Pachira quinata, locally Pochote
Charco Verde region, of Ometepe Island, Lake Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 4 Feburary 2012)
(Photo taken 11:51:32 Saturday 19 November 2011)
© 2012 Bryan Costales
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
#B12_1951


Lower branches continued the look of thick limbs, smooth bark, and many small thorns.


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One Oddly Corkscrew Limb
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Bombacopsis Quinatum Bombacaceae Tree
aka Pachira quinata, locally Pochote
Charco Verde region, of Ometepe Island, Lake Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 4 Feburary 2012)
(Photo taken 11:51:36 Saturday 19 November 2011)
© 2012 Bryan Costales
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#B12_1952


One limb was oddly twisted into a corkscrew shape. Notice the presence of small thorns even on the higher overhanging limbs.


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Lush Leaves Far From Trunk
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Bombacopsis Quinatum Bombacaceae Tree
aka Pachira quinata, locally Pochote
Charco Verde region, of Ometepe Island, Lake Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 4 Feburary 2012)
(Photo taken 11:51:45 Saturday 19 November 2011)
© 2012 Bryan Costales
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#B12_1945


The massive limbs supported a wide span, placing its full and lush leaves far from the central trunk.


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Its Leaves Were Smooth Edged
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Bombacopsis Quinatum Bombacaceae Tree
aka Pachira quinata, locally Pochote
Charco Verde region, of Ometepe Island, Lake Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 4 Feburary 2012)
(Photo taken 11:52:15 Saturday 19 November 2011)
© 2012 Bryan Costales
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
#B12_1955


The leaves of this tree were smooth edged.


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Food For Insects
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Bombacopsis Quinatum Bombacaceae Tree
aka Pachira quinata, locally Pochote
Charco Verde region, of Ometepe Island, Lake Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 4 Feburary 2012)
(Photo taken 11:52:17 Saturday 19 November 2011)
© 2012 Bryan Costales
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#B12_1956


Despite the thorns on its trunk, this tree's leaves were still food for insects, most likely in caterpillar or grub form.


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A Close-Up View Of Leaf Top
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Bombacopsis Quinatum Bombacaceae Tree
aka Pachira quinata, locally Pochote
Charco Verde region, of Ometepe Island, Lake Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 4 Feburary 2012)
(Photo taken 11:52:25 Saturday 19 November 2011)
© 2012 Bryan Costales
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
#B12_1957


A close up view of the top of one typical leaf.


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The Tree In Context
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Bombacopsis Quinatum Bombacaceae Tree
aka Pachira quinata, locally Pochote
Charco Verde region, of Ometepe Island, Lake Nicaragua
(Photo posted Saturday 4 Feburary 2012)
(Photo taken 11:52:52 Saturday 19 November 2011)
© 2012 Bryan Costales
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
#B12_1960


The tree shown in context, growing among other trees in this area of dry jungle.


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