pollia condensata

Botanic Superlatives: Brightest Berry Joins Glitterati of the Natural World

November 19, 2012
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What's brighter than a peacock and shinier than a butterfly? A tiny, hard, fruit that grows in the forests of Tanzania, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and other African countries. According to biologists, the tiny fruits of Pollia condensata, a meter-tall perennial herb commonly known as the marble berry, surpass anything other living organism in their capacity to dazzle with a rainbow of iridescent light.