Guazuma Ulmifolia, Tree
A dramatically tall tree found in Charco Verde on Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua.
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The Tree Was Labeled With Its Scientific Name
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(Photo posted Tuesday 24 January 2012)
(Photo taken 11:43:00 Saturday 19 November 2011)
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The trees in Charco Verde were labeled with signs giving their popular name and their scientific name. In Nicaragua, the Guazuma Ulmifolia was labeled:

Guácimo
Guazuma Ulmifolia
Sterculiaceae


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A Tall And Very Full Tree
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Charco Verde, Ometepe Island external link Lake Nicaragua
(Photo posted Tuesday 24 January 2012)
(Photo taken 11:43:38 Saturday 19 November 2011)
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The Guazuma Ulmifolia can grow to over 30 meters in height. It is a lushly full tree providing shade to the trail below.


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A Compact Trunk For A Tall Tree
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Charco Verde, Ometepe Island external link Lake Nicaragua
(Photo posted Tuesday 24 January 2012)
(Photo taken 11:44:00 Saturday 19 November 2011)
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The trunk of this tree was virtually a single vertical post emerging from the ground. It's base does not spread like so many of the other jungle trees surrounding it.


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Its Bark Was Fairly Smooth
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Charco Verde, Ometepe Island external link Lake Nicaragua
(Photo posted Tuesday 24 January 2012)
(Photo taken 11:44:05 Saturday 19 November 2011)
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Its bark was relatively smooth for such a large tree.


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Its Leaves Appeared Dappled In The Sunlight
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Charco Verde, Ometepe Island external link Lake Nicaragua
(Photo posted Tuesday 24 January 2012)
(Photo taken 11:44:21 Saturday 19 November 2011)
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Its leaves appeared dappled in the sunlight, but the dappling was the actual coloration of the leaves.


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The Leaf Was Concave
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Charco Verde, Ometepe Island external link Lake Nicaragua
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(Photo taken 11:44:27 Saturday 19 November 2011)
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The shape of the leaf was concave so that water would be channeled off the tip.


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The Leaf Had A Serrerated Edge
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Charco Verde, Ometepe Island external link Lake Nicaragua
(Photo posted Tuesday 24 January 2012)
(Photo taken 11:44:37 Saturday 19 November 2011)
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The leaf had a serrerated edge that felt rough but not sharp.


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Branches Grew In A Tangle
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Charco Verde, Ometepe Island external link Lake Nicaragua
(Photo posted Tuesday 24 January 2012)
(Photo taken 11:44:48 Saturday 19 November 2011)
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Branches of this tree grew in a tangle. It was unclear if this was typical or not.


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Smaller Branches Grew Up From Horizontal Branch
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Charco Verde, Ometepe Island external link Lake Nicaragua
(Photo posted Tuesday 24 January 2012)
(Photo taken 11:44:54 Saturday 19 November 2011)
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Smaller branches grew mostly upward from a horizontal branch.


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The View Up Through Its Lush Inside
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Guazuma Ulmifolia external link
Charco Verde, Ometepe Island external link Lake Nicaragua
(Photo posted Tuesday 24 January 2012)
(Photo taken 11:44:59 Saturday 19 November 2011)
© 2012 Bryan Costales
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Here was what the view looked like when standing under the tree and looking up. A lushly random arrangement of layers of branches and leaves.


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