Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 19th, 2010
A team led by Carmen Ulloa, associate curator at the Missouri Botanical Garden, recently discovered and announced a new tree in northwest Honduras, known as Hondurodendron urceolatum .
In the misty cloud forests of Parque National El Cusuco (Spanish for the Armadillo National Park), the tree was known only to the squirrels, coatimundia, and local Hondurans. The locals called it guayaba, because the fruit resembles the guava, though it is not edible by humans.
Photo credit: J. Kolby, 2010