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The breathtaking African rainforest fruit that is the 'most colourful known to…

The small, spherical, metallic blue ‘beads’ grow at the head of the 1ft 6in high Pollia condensata plant that ranges from Ethiopia to Angola and Mozambique where they are used as decoration.
Stasia Humphreys
Stasia Humphreys • 1 year ago

The head of the 1ft 6in high Pollia condensata plant that ranges from Ethiopia to Angola and Mozambique, which scientists today revealed as the most colourful plant ever seen. Pollia condensata's vivid sparkle comes from the interaction of light with its skin, which contains layers of microscopic cellulose fibers. The effect is a metallic blue brighter than any yet described in a biological material.

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Pollia condensata ('marble berry') a wild plant that grows in the forests of Ethiopia and other African countries and which can’t be eaten raw, cooked or turned into a beverage, has metallic fruit which stay a vibrant blue for years or even decades after being picked. Scientists have discovered that the fruit has no pigment at all and uses nanoscale-sized structures to produce the most intense color ever studied in biological tissue. Image via PNAS. via smithsonianmag #Pollia_condensata

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