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  • Camino Nomada

    The world’s most intense natural color comes from an African fruit, the blue berries of Pollia condensata, a wild plant that grows in East Africa. It uses an uncommon structural coloration method to produce the most intense natural color ever measured. Instead of pigments, the fruit’s brilliant blue results from nanoscale-size cellulose strands layered in twisting shapes, which which interact with each other to scatter light in all directions.

  • Ashley Fenn

    The berries of the Pollia condensata plant, that ranges from Ethiopia to Angola and Mozambique. Scientists have called it the most colourful biological species known. State-of-the-art microscopes showed its iridescent skin - meaning it changes colour according the angle at which it is observed - has no blue pigment. Its intense colour comes from the interaction of light with tiny fibres of cellulose strands stacked as layers of helixes within the cellular walls of the fruit’s skin.

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