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    Polia condensata berry showing blue iridescence owing to light refraction, not blue pigment,

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    • VeeB

      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 wher | See more about blue berries, natural colors and ethiopia.

    • L Drøya

      Don't let the iridescent blue of this tiny African fruit fool you: It's neither tasty nor nourishing and contains no pigment to extract. Instead, 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. http://scim.ag/QAeh1X CREDIT: Paula Rudall

    • Alyssa Dion

      There's always more to discover...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.

    • Jessica J

      Nature’s Shiniest Fruit

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