Article: Flecker Botanical Gardens Cairns, a true tropical experience.: It's Paradise !

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By Tropicbreeze on December 18, 2011

For a truely amazing display of tropical plants you can't go past the Flecker Botanical Gardens in Cairns. Join me for a visit and experience a real tropical spectacular.

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ImageZanymuse
Dec 17, 2011 10:13 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA

What a place that is. I didn't recognize many of the plants but they were beautiful and very interesting. I was especially taken with the bright red fruit growing from the trunk of the tree. How odd!
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tropicbreeze
Dec 19, 2011 7:48 PM CST
Glad you enjoyed it Brenda. Flowers and fruits on trunks of trees is fairly common in tropical plants. You should see Jack Fruit, larger than very big watermelons hanging down from the trunk and along the limbs of the trees.
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ImageZanymuse
Dec 19, 2011 7:56 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Wow! With a fruit that large it would have to grow from the sturdiest parts of the tree or the weight would snap the wood. Nature is awesome!
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tropicbreeze
Dec 22, 2011 8:29 AM CST
Brenda, one fruit goes a long way.
ImageZanymuse
Dec 22, 2011 12:17 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
They are edible?
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tropicbreeze
Dec 22, 2011 6:44 PM CST
Yes, it's very edible, but a bit messy to cut up. It exudes a white latex which is very sticky. You need to coat the knife with some vegetable oil before cutting and the latex doesn't stick so much. The seeds are large and can be roasted or boiled and eaten. Of course, it's easier to buy the fruit already cut up in the markets by the professionals (and let them clean their own mess up Hilarious! ).
Here's some links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackfruit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsafP-TDi_k
Imagebonitin
Dec 27, 2011 9:15 AM CST
Name: Myriam
Gent, Belgium
A glimpse of paradize indeed! I makes me homesick for Brazil.. Rolling my eyes.
Thank you Zig for sharing your great captures! Smiling

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