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Why We Do What We Do Everyday.

Listen to Mark Plotkin, PhD. Mark is an Ethnobotanist studying the relationship between people and plants. Here he talks as part of a TED talk about some of what has inspired us to build the T.R.E.E. center. Mark is also author of 'Tales Of A Shaman' s Apprentice ' as well as 'Medicine Quest: In Search Of Nature's Healing Secrets'.

Why We Do What We Do Everyday.

Listen to Mark Plotkin, PhD. Mark is an Ethnobotanist studying the relationship between people and plants. Here he talks as part of a TED talk about some of what has inspired us to build the T.R.E.E. center. Mark is also author of 'Tales Of A Shaman' s Apprentice ' as well as 'Medicine Quest: In Search Of Nature's Healing Secrets'.

Pest Management

I would love for the title to read Integrated pest management but it's been difficult to keep up with all my other responsibilities including the several new species from the Philippines and attempting to cultivate them in such an adverse environment. Our main issue right now is lack of humidity not allowing a lot of our plants to grow at their optimum strength and with vigor. The cacao and lanzones require lots of humidity and moisture and react with obvious leaf markings and defoliation. Heated mats help with that as well as trays with water left in them. For the Lanzones we had to add a makeshift greenhouse cover by using a zip lock bag as a roof to keep moisture in and heated pad under to evaporate moisture faster.

Pest Management

I would love for the title to read Integrated pest management but it's been difficult to keep up with all my other responsibilities including the several new species from the Philippines and attempting to cultivate them in such an adverse environment. Our main issue right now is lack of humidity not allowing a lot of our plants to grow at their optimum strength and with vigor. The cacao and lanzones require lots of humidity and moisture and react with obvious leaf markings and defoliation. Heated mats help with that as well as trays with water left in them. For the Lanzones we had to add a makeshift greenhouse cover by using a zip lock bag as a roof to keep moisture in and heated pad under to evaporate moisture faster.

Newly Found in the Wild: Australian Finger Lime

Citrus australasica, the Australian Finger Lime is a sub tropical small tree/large bush recently found in the wilderness of Australia. Had many of the same characteristics of Mexican key limes with their thorns and small leaves. Typically found in the under story, but can tolerate direct full sun it produces a 1 to 3 inch fruit resembling a finger, so they say. I think they look like nothing else seen before unless you have imagined an elongated/stretched out lemon or lime and smells like sweet limes, bringing me memories of tropical skittles candies.
Definitely interesting and another reason to conserve, research and pass along knowledge of what exists and what hasn't yet been found on our Earth.
Our tree has naturally aborted singe of its fruit a bit early in the season. The reason is probably either too much fruit at such an early age (3-4 years old grafted) or the fact that it was getting so much sun (8-9 hours) in its previous location. More attention to its watering schedule and relocation will help support a successful harvest when the rest of the fruits fully ripen.
Check out the taste and feel of the popping caviar style vesicles on the Australian Fingerlime fruit. All Thanks to Mother Nature.

Newly Found in the Wild: Australian Finger Lime

Citrus australasica, the Australian Finger Lime is a sub tropical small tree/large bush recently found in the wilderness of Australia. Had many of the same characteristics of Mexican key limes with their thorns and small leaves. Typically found in the under story, but can tolerate direct full sun it produces a 1 to 3 inch fruit resembling a finger, so they say. I think they look like nothing else seen before unless you have imagined an elongated/stretched out lemon or lime and smells like sweet limes, bringing me memories of tropical skittles candies.
Definitely interesting and another reason to conserve, research and pass along knowledge of what exists and what hasn't yet been found on our Earth.
Our tree has naturally aborted singe of its fruit a bit early in the season. The reason is probably either too much fruit at such an early age (3-4 years old grafted) or the fact that it was getting so much sun (8-9 hours) in its previous location. More attention to its watering schedule and relocation will help support a successful harvest when the rest of the fruits fully ripen.
Check out the taste and feel of the popping caviar style vesicles on the Australian Fingerlime fruit. All Thanks to Mother Nature.

Lady Bug Inspection

At the Tropical Reserve & Economical Education center we are proud to work with those in our community no matter where they come from.
Here this lone lady bug is inspecting our Plumerias and snacking on over populating detrimental insects. That's a mutually beneficial relationship. Thank you lady bugs (beneficial insects) of the world.

Lady Bug Inspection

At the Tropical Reserve & Economical Education center we are proud to work with those in our community no matter where they come from.
Here this lone lady bug is inspecting our Plumerias and snacking on over populating detrimental insects. That's a mutually beneficial relationship. Thank you lady bugs (beneficial insects) of the world.

Survivors From the Philippines

Some of our prized surviving specimen from our recent trip to the Philippines. Four Mangosteen seedlings including 3 more we discovered underground, which have started to sprout, but have yet to break the surface. We still don't know how healthy those may be since they are so delayed in comparison to other seedlings that were planted at the same time, but we will give them all the time they need. We would love to see them all survive and thrive.
Also below we have attached pictures of one of our two surviving Moringa oleifera seedlings. The rest were donated and gifted to some of our Filipino friends here in the states who know of their power and uses. The Moringa leaves are some of the most nutritious in the plant kingdom that have been found to date. Filipino people put these thin, light flavored leaves in many of their soups. The Moringa is one of those plants that had got it's own foundation and Web sites focused on it's potential ability to turn around the state of nutrition deprived communities around the world. It also grows well in almost any environment that can keep it's temperatures above freezing. More pictures and news to come...

Survivors From the Philippines

Some of our prized surviving specimen from our recent trip to the Philippines. Four Mangosteen seedlings including 3 more we discovered underground, which have started to sprout, but have yet to break the surface. We still don't know how healthy those may be since they are so delayed in comparison to other seedlings that were planted at the same time, but we will give them all the time they need. We would love to see them all survive and thrive.
Also below we have attached pictures of one of our two surviving Moringa oleifera seedlings. The rest were donated and gifted to some of our Filipino friends here in the states who know of their power and uses. The Moringa leaves are some of the most nutritious in the plant kingdom that have been found to date. Filipino people put these thin, light flavored leaves in many of their soups. The Moringa is one of those plants that had got it's own foundation and Web sites focused on it's potential ability to turn around the state of nutrition deprived communities around the world. It also grows well in almost any environment that can keep it's temperatures above freezing. More pictures and news to come...

Unidentified Fruit Tree

I have seen these fruits in the supermarkets as well as the local markets, but never stopped to ask it's name. Here is the beautiful fruiting specimen. We found this atop a small waterfall in Bolinas, Philippines.

Identifying the Unknown Species

We saw this plant growing alongside the riverbed in the Philippines. No one we asked was able to identify or place a name on it. Can you?
If you know the taxonomic or common name of this plant then please share your knowledge with us. Thank you.