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Naturalist Notebook 

March 20, 2012

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)


Can you guess what it is?

Here are some hints:

  • When mature, this plant is usually between 3.7-7.6 m (12-25 ft) tall.
  • This plant is pollinated by midges.

Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, March 25th at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right and to learn more about this plant. Science Story Adventures is our program for children ages 4 – 8 and their caregivers. In the program, we explore the natural world through stories, specimens, games and crafts.

Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 3:18 pm


  1. Is it a Cypress tree?

    Comment by Cynthia — March 22, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

  2. It’s a date!

    Comment by Natalia — March 22, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

  3. Ficus

    Comment by Patrick — March 22, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

  4. Cacao tree
    (thanks for the chocolate!)

    Comment by Alexis — March 22, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

  5. Thanks for all of your guesses! This week’s specimen was the fruit (known as a pod) of a cacao tree (Theobroma cacao). To learn more about cacao and how it is made into chocolate, check out these websites:

    Comment by nature — March 25, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

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