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Pollia condensata, Marble Berry

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Pollia condensata fruits

Pollia condensata

Marble Berry
Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: West Africa
Small shrub 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowers

Pollia condensata is a perennial herbaceous plant with stoloniferous stems and shiny, metallic blue, hard, dry, round fruit. Impressively, due to its special structure, the brilliant blue colour will not fade. The fruit appears blue, but it does not contain any pigments, which tend to fade over time. The intense, iridescent colour comes from the light reflected off thick layers of cells in the fruit's skin. The surface of the Pollia fruit has an especially smooth and transparent cuticle which reflects light as a mirror does. The bright, blue is so intense, scientists are calling the Pollia Condensata nature's most colourful biological species.

The intense coloration makes the fruit attractive to some birds despite having no nutritional value. The birds sometimes decorate their nest with the berries, which over the long term helps to disperse the seeds.



Pollia condensata, Marble Berry

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Pollia condensata fruits
Pollia condensata, Marble Berry

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Pollia condensata fruits


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