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Thursday, August 22, 2013



This is a climbing vine that bears the largest flower to be found in Jamaica. The flower is a spotted yellow-brown and purple colour, and has a habit of trapping carrion flies. Many persons believe that the Duppy Fly Trap feeds on insects but this is not true. The flower just traps insects inside for a while until they are totally covered by pollen and then it lets them go


 Jamaica trees CALABASH
This tree is small and spreading. The calabash fruit is large and is not only found on the branches of the tree but also on the trunk. It is known by several names in Jamaica – gourdi, goadyi, goadi and packy. Packy is the most popular name.
Large calabashes are used as containers to carry or store food and drink, while small ones are made into musical instruments by filling them with pebbles. Green calabashes are often decorated and made into attractive craft items.
The tree is native to the West Indies and Central and South America.

Jamaica trees PIMENTO
The pimento tree is Jamaica’s only native spice tree. It grows to an average height of 5 metres. Its bark is silver grey in colour and tends to peel easily from the trunk. There are male and female trees. Both produce blossoms, but the female tree also produces small berries that are green when harvested but turn black upon drying. These berries are called allspice. This is because the flavours of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and pepper are said to be combined in the berries.

Although pimento is found elsewhere in the Caribbean region, Jamaican pimento is thought to be the best and is highly desired on the world market. The spice is used in meat processing and to make confectionery and medicines.
Pimento berries that ripen on the tree turn dark purple. By soaking the berries in rum, a beverage called pimento dram or pimento liqueur is made. This is a popular Christmas drink.
Both the berries and the leaves are used to make perfume. For “jerking” meat, pork, chicken and fish, done over a wood flame, pimento wood is preferred.

Jamaica trees FERNS
Over 500 species of fern are grown naturally in Jamaica all over the island .They vary in size, from tree ferns that are more than 9 meters tall and wispy ferns as thin as tissue paper. Their appearance is also quite different ,with walking ferns that send out new plants wherever the fern tips bend over and touch the ground and the shoestring fern that looks just like the object that it was names after.
Apart from land ferns there are also water ferns. Water ferns include the water clover that looks like a floating four leaf clover.. Fern gully is a place to take a visit on the island because it has an abundance of fern.. Fern gully is in the parish of St Ann. .On your trip to Kingston driving through Ocho Rios, it is about 5 kilometres long and is darken even on the brightest of days because the ferns partially block out the sunlight.


Monday, June 17, 2013


Learn about unique Jamaica trees


Jamaica trees is from Jamaica a country that is called the land of wood and water that means we do have a lot of trees, Below are some Jamaican tree picture of some of the well respected trees that form a part of our national symbols.
We do have other interesting trees that are linked to our culture such as
The Maypole Tree that resembles the traditional maypole dance.
The stringy mango also called common mango found all over the island and the cheapest of them all
The yellow Poui which is found on many government properties, great houses and hotels decorates many roads and drive ways.

The Gunago a great spreading tree is steep in our flolk duppy stories.
The Poinciana with its flaming red blooms decorates many country sides the number1 poets choice.

The breadfruit which is steep I our history as the poor man’s bread.

The Bauhania, called the Orchid of the poor man is scattered all over Jamaica.

The bird Cherry trees the joy of Jamaican children as they roam their favorite bushy holiday haunts.
Jamaica Trees
MAHOE (Hibiscus elatus). This has been regarded as one of our primary economic timbers. It is currently much used for re-afforestation and is a valuable source of cabinet timber. It is of an attractive blue-green colour with variegated yellow intrusions, it is capable of taking a high polish which highlights the variety f grain and .colour tones.
The mahogany used traditionally for the four poster great beds
the banana tree the green leaves and fruit used for making the traditional dish t Blue draws.
The great touring cedar every family traditional had one or knows one used to bury the dead and make .

The coconut tree the water from the fruits is said to wash the heart,The cotton trees is also linked to many Jamaica folk stories the place to find water and the place to look for ghost of the past.You can visit here to see photos of them.

Jamaican National Flower – Lignum VitaeJamaica has some of the most beautiful trees. The people are very proud of them. Some have been shown great respect and form a part of our national symbols and heritage
LIGNUM VITAE (Guiacum officinale) is indigenous to this island and was found here by Christopher Columbus. It is thought that the name – translated from the Latin to mean ‘wood of life’ - was then adopted because of its medicinal qualities. The tree grows best in the dry woodlands along both the north and south coasts of the island.
In addition to producing an attractive blue flower, the plant itself is very ornamental. The wood was once popular for use as propeller shaft bearings in nearly all the ships sailing the ‘Seven Seas’ and because of this, in shipyards worldwide, the lignum vitae and Jamaica were once closely associated.

NATIONAL TREE - The Blue Mahoe

The mahoe is a native to the Jamaica and they were found to grow only in Cuba

Jamaica trees : medicinal value of the chocho
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. Jamaica trees NATIONAL FRUIT - The Ackee
ACKEE (Blighia sapida). Whilst not indigenous to Jamaica, this fruit has remarkable historic associations. It was originally imported from West Africa, probably brought here on a slave ship, and now grows luxuriantly, producing each year large quantities of edible fruit.
The tree was unknown to science until plants were taken from the island to England in 1793 by captain William Bligh (of ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ fame), hence the botanical name ‘ Blighia sapids’ in honour of the seafarer. One of the earliest local propagators of the tree was a Dr. Thomas Clarke, who introduced it to the eastern parishes in 1778.
Jamaica is the only place where the fruit is generally recognized as an edible crop, although the plant has been introduced into most of the other Caribbean islands (Antigua, Barbados, Barbuda, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago) and Central America, and even Florida, where it is known by different names and does not thrive in economic quantities.